Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is an essential way of engaging with the Linux community. Being able to tap into the wealth of knowledge of individuals logged into IRC enables users to engage directly with developers and other users of distributions and applications. IRC is not just limited to obtaining and giving technical support to others; it can be used for many other activities.
The number of Linux IRC clients that are available is rather daunting. To narrow it to a small selection of clients, this article focuses on proficient clients that run from the console. The graphical desktop environment has become so ingrained in almost everyone’s computer activities. However, console-based IRC clients are a good fit; small, lean clients, that can be run on any hardware, and still make full use of the power of IRC.