Canada Computes: XChat: Full-Featured IRC Client for XSep 24, 2000, 13:09 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)
"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."