After 5 months of work, we are happy to announce that our latest and greatest version, HexChat 2.9.5 has been released.
This version brings a very important change: due to the significant modifications made to our build environment we no longer support Windows XP. This means that the 2.9.5 installers will refuse to install on anything older than Windows Vista, so XP users are advised to stick with 2.9.4 until they can upgrade to a more up-to-date OS. It is also a good idea to disable the Update Checker plugin by running the 2.9.4 installer again and unselecting it in the component list.
Thanks to the fundamental changes under the hood you also have to make sure to upgrade the spelling dictionaries to r2 and Perl to our own build - all can be found on our Downloads page under the 2.9.5 section.
Another important thing to note is that GitHub has withdrawn its Downloads service, where our binaries were hosted. That means the Update Checker plugin will point you to a dead link, so please get the download directly from our site this time.
Other notable changes are: - the source tree is now prepared for inclusion in the Debian and FreeBSD repositories - all dependencies are recompiled in much newer versions on Windows - HexTray is replaced with our built-in tray plugin - URL/username detection is greatly improved - the Ban List window is improved with new features - all utility windows can be closed with the Esc key - nicks in the user list can be colored - channels with keys are now reconnected correctly
The HexChat Team