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private message Canada
Hey everyone.

I thought I'd give a bit of a walkthrough on how to get started with IRC, and where to find the IRC channel I set up for PQLUG.

First off, you'll need a client. You can either use a client on your computer, or one of the many web-based IRC clients.

For a local, native IRC client, I'd suggest XChat.

If you're running Ubuntu, you can get XChat from the Add/Remove software tool. I'd suggest XChat-Gnome if you are new to IRC, as it removes a bunch of the advanced configuration.

If you don't feel comfortable installing software on your computer, or simply don't want another piece of software installed, you can certainly use a web-based client. My personal favourite is Mibbit. It's a very slick, easy to use client.

Now, for a server, you'll likely want to start with Freenode. It's the most friendly server I know, and is very technically oriented. Some other servers, like EFnet, have dark corners, with some dirty stuff ;).

Freenode is accessible at irc.freenode.net

The PQLUG channel I set up is at irc://irc.freenode.net/#pqlug

If you're having any trouble setting up XChat, feel free to reply to this thread, or send me an email :-).

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I personally use Chatzilla which is a Firefox Add-on. I think it's great, not too many bells and whistles but gets the job done.

private message Canada
> I personally use Chatzilla which is a Firefox Add-on. I think it's great, not too many bells and whistles but gets the job done.

I used to use Chatzilla, however I found that it was plagued with the issues of FireFox?. If FireFox? had to be closed, Chatzilla too (I realise it can be spawned as a separate process, but that causes problems on its own).

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> > I personally use Chatzilla which is a Firefox Add-on. I think it's great, not too many bells and whistles but gets the job done.
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> I used to use Chatzilla, however I found that it was plagued with the issues of FireFox?. If FireFox? had to be closed, Chatzilla too (I realise it can be spawned as a separate process, but that causes problems on its own).

Yep, I find that quite annoying as well, but it is still my IRC client of choice. Alternatively www.mibbit.com is an excellent web based IRC client.

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Freenode has actually blocked mibbit.com, if you would like to connect to freenode.net through your browser try http://webchat.freenode.net/

> Yep, I find that quite annoying as well, but it is still my IRC client of choice. Alternatively www.mibbit.com is an excellent web based IRC client.


admin private message
Maybe we can have a step-by-step walk-through on how to install/configure/connect several of these IRC clients at a meeting?


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