Ubuntu irc channel

Sometimes you need help quickly and posting in the ubuntuforums.org might take too long.

This is where the ubuntu irc channel comes in handy.

Since I didn’t find an easy “how-to” on the internet, I tought, I’ll make it.

To keep it simple, IRC (internet relay chat) is one of the oldest ways to chat on the internet.

You connect to the server and then enter the room, where you can chat with the people online.

I was on the ubuntu irc channel yesterday and more than 1200 people were on it, so you should always be able to get help.

How do I connect to this chat?

You can use ubuntu’s standard IM, pidgin.

Open up pidgin and add a new user.

Pick “IRC” as protocol.

Then make up a name to put as screenname (no spaces !!). I use “billgoldberg”.

In the server box enter this “irc.freenode.net”.

Ignore the password, and set the local alias to whatever you want, I use “bill”.

Then you should connect to freenode and see this screen:

Then all you have to do is type:

/join #ubuntu

and voila, you’re on the ubuntu irc channel (it will open in a different tab).

It can’t be explained easier, can it? :p

    • shankhs
    • August 31st, 2008

    The “click here” in the above post doesnt work!!!!!

    • linuxowns
    • August 31st, 2008

    I don’t see a “click here” in this post.

    What exactly do you mean?

    • Bleh
    • August 12th, 2010

    Nobody needs a specific program to access a public IRC channel, do they?

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