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== How to use ==
 
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IRC is widely supported by many programs. Below are a few:
 
IRC is widely supported by many programs. Below are a few:
  
* [[IRC with Gaim]] - using Gaim, the cross-platform F/OSS instant messaging program. (recently renamed pidgin)
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* mIRC - Windows
* [http://master.iu.hio.no/wiki/index.php?title=Irssi_and_Screen IRC with irssi and screen]
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* [[IRC with Pidgin]] - cross-platform F/OSS instant messaging program: Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux
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* [http://www.xchat.org/ X Chat] for GNU/Linux and Windows (windows version requires purchase after a fixed time of usage)
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** [http://xchataqua.sourceforge.net/ X-Chat Aqua] for Mac OS X, [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xchataqua/ download here]
 
* [http://colloquy.info/ Colloquy] for Mac OS X
 
* [http://colloquy.info/ Colloquy] for Mac OS X
* [http://www.xchat.org/ X Chat] for Linux and Windows (windows version requires purchase after a fixed time of usage)
 
** [http://xchataqua.sourceforge.net/ X-Chat Aqua] for Mac OS X, [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xchataqua/ download here]
 
 
* [https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=16 Chatzilla], an extension for Mozilla Firefox
 
* [https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=16 Chatzilla], an extension for Mozilla Firefox
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* [http://master.iu.hio.no/wiki/index.php?title=Irssi_and_Screen IRC irssi and screen]
  
 
If your ISP attempts to block IRC, there are [[ways around an IRC block]].
 
If your ISP attempts to block IRC, there are [[ways around an IRC block]].

Revision as of 20:26, 17 August 2009

Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, is an online protocol used to chat in near-realtime. IRC predates instant messaging and is particularly popular among F/OSS developers.

FreeCulture.org uses IRC for meetings and community chats, because

  1. it is an open protocol, and
  2. it is widely supported, including popular F/OSS implementations

FreeCulture.org maintains an IRC channel at #freeculture on server irc.freenode.net. Click here if you have an IRC client installed.

How to use

Standalone programs

IRC is widely supported by many programs. Below are a few:

If your ISP attempts to block IRC, there are ways around an IRC block.

Web portal

If you don't want to download anything (or are on a computer where you can't install programs), don't worry! You don't need to!

In addition to the above programs that support IRC, there are various web-based IRC portals, including http://www.acm.jhu.edu/cgi-irc/irc.cgi?chan=%23freeculture (recommended!), from which you can access #freeculture. In the first field, erase the default nickname and enter your name with no spaces. In the second field, make sure that irc.freenode.net (or any other subdomain of freenode.net) is the selected server. In the third field, erase the default channel and enter #freeculture. Then, press the login button.

Another web IRC portal that works well is Mibbit. To use it, follow these steps:

  • Type: IRC
  • Server: Scroll down to (Techies) and select Freenode.net.
  • Choose a nickname
  • Type in channel "#freeculture"
  • Hit the "connect" button.

(If none of the linked portals work, search for more and try them until one works.)

This may be particularly useful if you have trouble connecting via other mechanisms or are on a shared computer.

See also

External links