"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
"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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