Does any IRC client exist for Ubuntu which displays media inline (perhaps via plugin)?
A few IRC clients for Mac OS X (e.g. Textual and LimeChat) support inline media and will auto-embed linked images: if someone posts a URL to the channel, the IRC client displays it inline if it is able to be embedded, like a .jpg or .png image. However, I cannot find a client for Ubuntu with this feature.
The closest I can find is Quassel, which can display a URL preview on mouse hover, but that's not the feature I'm requesting and the webkit support for this preview is not enabled in the Ubuntu packaged build on 12.04.
To illustrate: without the feature, you get just text:
<rduplain> | askubuntu.com <bot > | http://cdn.sstatic.net/askubuntu/img/bg-newuser.png <rduplain> | good luck
With the feature, the chat view is expanded and the image is inserted:
<rduplain> | askubuntu.com <bot > | http://cdn.sstatic.net/askubuntu/img/bg-newuser.png
<rduplain> | good luck