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i want to access a SILC network and all the infos from the official site are missing (site down?!?) EDIT: it seems the site is back up as of last week. Good thing that i got curious and checked it again ..

so what software (still) exists to access a SILC network ?

also as complimentary questions:

  • do you have infos on publicly accessible SILC servers ?
  • what software can one use to run a SILC server ? (i ask since the main website is down)
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I'm not familiar with that acronym, are you referring to this: ? – Huckle Mar 15 '12 at 1:45
this is indeed what i'm referring to – marc-andre benoit Mar 15 '12 at 2:05

The main website is down but the key exchange and git repos still seems to be up, so it's probably just temporary. For other servers, Wikipedia has a list

As far as I can tell, all the original software for SILC is abandoned with no "real" activity for about five years... But there are old versions of the kopete plugin available on their website, and the official" server and clients are available from the repos:

ibid - easily extensible Python IM bot for IRC, Jabber, SILC, campfire, etc.
irssi-plugin-silc - SILC plugin for irssi
silc - transitional package for the SILC client
silcd - server for the SILC protocol

silc there is just a metapackage for the irssi plugin.

I've just read that Pidgin supports SILC so that might be the nicest modern option for you.

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temporary for the last 2-3 months ? it's been that long since the site was down.. ibid is interesting,irssi i dont like at all,silcd i didnt know thanks for your input – marc-andre benoit Mar 15 '12 at 1:45
the key exchange is down on my end.. – marc-andre benoit Mar 15 '12 at 1:46
i know of the servers from the wikipedia entry.. i meant other than those :) – marc-andre benoit Mar 15 '12 at 1:52
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Since the website is now back up i will answer the complementary questions i asked for other users who tried to answer at an earlier time.

So the list of publicly accessible servers is available here.

And the software to run a SILC server is available here and more importantly,the server configuration manual is available here.

Hopefully the webserver is up again for a good while more !

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For those who are curious of this protocol.. It is similar to irc in functionality,but albeit more secure.. – marc-andre benoit Mar 31 '12 at 8:09

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