This lightning talk was given at the TechTalk session on 14thApril2007.
What is IRC?
- Massively multi-user text-based chat. Think MSN+++!
- Standard client-server model.
- Networks are multiple servers that allow users on any server to talk to users on any other server.
- Common ones are Blitzed and Freenode. (Freenode has lots of official IRC channels for FLOSS projects.)
- Allows "rooms" (channels) as well as private messages.
- Choose a "nickname". Simple, factual or funny. "popey", "tony" or "darksatanic".
The HantsLUG IRC channel in 3 easy steps:
- Quick Chat. Enter a nickname (optional) and select #hants
- Select "Chat Now!"
What do we see?
- Channels begin with a # sign.
- Server messages on a separate tab.
- Type in the box at the bottom, text appears above.
- Every channel has a topic - gives clues about what the channel is for.
- Channels can have Operators who manage the channel - banning people etc.
- Private conversations!
- Probably most popular GUI client. Also look at gaim (pidgin).
- Users shown on the RHS.
For the console look at irssi. Works well with screen.
- #hants is friendly. Not all people on IRC are! Like life, you might meet someone you don't get on with. (You can /ignore).
- Sometimes people enter a channel to plug their latest website or Ebay auction.
- There can be a language barrier too - some people don't read the channel topic.
- Large channels can be intimidating. Check the topic and any FAQ.
- Some channels have bots (scripts) that provide information or log URLs.
Don't paste long excerpts from files - use http://hantslug.pastebin.com.
- If you ask a question, stick around for a day. Channels can be quiet, especially if the developers are all based in the same timezone.