Linux.com: Introduction to IRCDec 23, 2000, 22:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Dominico)
"IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a great resource for everything from meeting friends to getting help with your Linux system. However, to the uninitiated, it can seem a bit daunting. Sure, there are graphical IRC programs such as X-Chat, but to get the most out of your experience, you'll need to know some basic commands and concepts. So, if you're an IRC newbie, read on..."
"First, let's go over a few basic concepts. An IRC "network" is a collection of IRC servers, such as EFNet, or the OpenProjects network. They are "linked" together so that users on a particular network can be spread out among a series or servers, but still talk to one another, etc. When you want to use IRC, you connect to a server in the network of your choice. Depending on the network, you might be automatically assigned the best server. Or, you may find a particular server that seems fastest for you."
"Within an IRC network are "channels." Channels are the places you go to in order to talk with others. Channels are often set up around a certain subject or "topic," and their name always begins with a pound sign. For example, on the OpenProjects network, the channel for help with Linux is #linuxhelp. Channels are basically the same as "chat rooms."