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'''IRC''' stands for '''I'''nternet '''R'''elay '''C'''hat. It is used to chat in near realtime and predates [[instant messaging]] (see [[Jabber with Gaim|this]]).
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{{Web team explainer}}
  
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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.
  
Learn how to join [[IRC with Gaim|Free Culture's IRC channel using gaim]].
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FreeCulture.org uses IRC for [[meetings]] and [[community chat]]s, because
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# it is an open protocol, and
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# it is widely supported, including popular F/OSS implementations
  
Here a tutorial about [http://master.iu.hio.no/wiki/index.php?title=Irssi_and_Screen how to use IRC with irssi and screen].
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FreeCulture.org maintains an IRC channel at '''#freeculture''' on server '''irc.freenode.net'''. [irc://irc.freenode.net/freeculture Click here] if you have an IRC client installed.
  
==Get software==
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== How to use ==
  
* [http://gaim.sourceforge.net gaim] - Official gaim website
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=== Standalone programs ===
* [http://www.xchat.org XChat] - Official XChat.org
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IRC is widely supported by many programs. Below are a few:
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* mIRC - Windows
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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]
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* [http://colloquy.info/ Colloquy] for Mac OS X
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* [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]
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If your ISP attempts to block IRC, there are [[ways around an IRC block]].
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=== Web portal ===
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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!
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In addition to the above programs that support IRC, there are various web-based IRC portals, including [http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=freeculture&nick=FreeCulture.. the official Freenode IRC web portal] ('''recommended!'''), from which you can access '''#freeculture'''. Just solve the CAPTCHA and you're on your way!
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This may be particularly useful if you have trouble connecting via other mechanisms or are on a shared computer.
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== See also ==
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* [[Community chat]]
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* [[Meetings]]
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* [[Tools]]
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== External links ==
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Relay_Chat Internet Relay Chat] on Wikipedia
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* [http://freenode.net/ freenode], the server FreeCulture.org uses
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[[Category:Tools]]

Latest revision as of 04:37, 10 March 2018

This is an explanation document, written by the Web team.

If you want to learn more about world from the perspective of the web team, read other Web team explainers.


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 the official Freenode IRC web portal (recommended!), from which you can access #freeculture. Just solve the CAPTCHA and you're on your way!

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

See also

External links