Jargonaut - a new IRC plus more client

Following the demise of Hexchat, the Linux Mint team have announced that they are working on Jargonaut:

Although it uses the IRC, it won’t be developed as an IRC client. It will support pastebin/imgur via DND, uploading your system specifications, troubleshooting and many features which have nothing to do with IRC…
Linux distributions will be able to set custom defaults via gsettings overrides.