IRC setup steps with gaim
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My client of choice is "gaim" ( http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ ) as it also allows me to chat on various other instant messenger networks. NOTE: the gaim program is now called pidgin and resides at pidgin.sf.net . It works under both linux and has also been ported nicely to windows. Being Free Software, it does not have any addware.
My IRC setup is something like:
menu / Tools / Accounts / Add
Protocol: select IRC Screen Name: <your choice, I used donfede> Server: irc.freenode.net Password: <blank> Alias: <blank>
optionally you can click on "Show more options" and set Real name: <to your name of choice, I set my name>
On the Accounts window, check On "Online" for the newly created account.
Once connected you should get a new window for "freenode-connect" where you can issue a command preceeded by the forward slash. Tho "join" command is probably the one most used.
To get brief help on the other commands you can use: /help
To see all the current channels you can issue: /list
Alternatively, if at some point you don't have a chat window up after connecting to the freenode network one can also join a channel via:
menu / Buddies / Join a Chat Account: select the "email@example.com (IRC)" account created above Channel: #rivendell Password: <blank>
If you enjoy keeping logs, there are options to do that under:
menu / Tools / Preferences / Logging
When in a chat room (aka channel), you can start a message with another users nick by entering a few characters and tab expanding it (much like bash). This will often highlight their client, bringing attention to them.
While some people use IRC as a social tool, I find it valueble to assist others when stuck and to discuss design in a more realtime mode (from supporting others on #rivendell, to getting QT advice on #qt, to much more general help with linux and audio development on #lad).