I'm quite new to Linux, so please don't cut off my head for using wrong terms or simply being stupid about the behaviour of this OS~
That being said, straight to my problem.
For about four days, I've been experiencing heavy lagspikes while chatting on irc-servers. (it's not a specific one. the private one, as well as e.g. irc.rizon have the same problem.) First, I used the program XChat Irc. Because of the built-in panel, which shows lag, I noticed that my latency goes up into about 50 seconds, sometimes even higher. To be accurate, it quite grew like x², faster and faster the higher it grew.
I tried getting my facts straight and got told, that XChat's support was dropped, so the program might be too old and not working properly anymore.
I looked for another client to use and because some on my server use kvirc, I tried that client myself. The same issue, except for that I cannot keep track of the actual lag's times. (I didnt find any option to check on it, but I think it also raises the same way.)
For exchange, i tried to use a website-irc client ( http://client02.chat.mibbit.com/ ) this one actually works perfectly fine. No lags except for my usual ones, no disconnects, no other connection problems. Nothing.
Although mibbit works, a website is no solution for me. I tried another client (after the admin of our server laughed at me for using Xchat and kvirc...) he recommended irssi. Terminal based and small etc. I think most of you might know it. Anyways: Same problem again, it terribly lags.
Short conclusion by myself: There seems to be a problem with any program-based irc client. Webapplet-based clients seem to work perfectly fine, though they are no permanent solution for me (always visiting a website is quite annoying over time.. also, mibbit is not really nice to look at (damn green.. ))
So, my question is: Does anybody know any packages which were recently updated, which may cause problems with program-based irc clients? I don't know, what the difference between programs and webapplets is, in terms of irc.. But I think the solution to my problem is in direct connection to that difference.
The Linux version, I use is: Linux Mint 13 MATE Edition. If you need any other information, feel free to ask, after all I need the help, so you'll need the info.
Again sorry for my lack of knowledge on Linux itself, I'm just learning to work with it..
Thank you all in advance.