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"One of the most fun areas of the Internet, in my opinion, has always been Internet Relay Chat (IRC). It has been around since before the Web, but a lot of Internet users don't even know it exists."

"Simply put, IRC is a network of servers, with innumerable different networks, with chat rooms, or channels, for various subjects. How close to the subject the content stays is a matter left to the moderators of the channels. You can go into a channel, baseball for example, and end up, like I did once, having a long in-depth discussion on the works of Frank Zappa."

"Of course, to access IRC you need software. In Windows, mIRC rules the roost. While this is a fantastic program, it's not free. Linux, however, has several IRC programs and the best I've found so far is XChat. As a proviso, let me just state that I have not tried any console based clients, so as a consequence I have not yet tried the highly regarded Bitch-X."

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