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informIT: Marcel's Linux Walkabout: Ruling the IRC!

Feb 17, 2004, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Internet Relay Chat, better known as IRC, is a distributed client-server system in which users can communicate with any number of other users in real time. IRC servers host channels that are dedicated to discussion forums on specific topics. These topics aren't fixed other than by convention and the whims of the IRC operators (more on that). If you are old enough to remember CB radio (i.e.: mid-30s and up), you pretty much understand IRC—at least in the human sense of the experience.

"A number of IRC servers exist around the world, some with hundreds of channels. IRC servers can also peer with other servers. IRC channels cover a plethora of topics, from purely social to politics to business or to high-technology. In the Linux world, there are channels devoted to programming in most of the popular languages, as well as your favorite Linux distribution, office applications, games, and so on. IRC channels are great places to meet and exchange information, ask questions, answer questions, or just plain chat. All this chatting takes place via an IRC client such as Xchat, Ksirc, Kvirc, GAIM, Kopete, and a number of others..."

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