How to use IRC?

What is IRC?

IRC stands for “Internet Relay Chat”. It was originally written by Jarkko Oikarinen in 1988. Since starting in Finland, it has been used in over 60 countries around the world. IRC is a multi-user chat system, where people meet on “channels” (rooms, virtual places, usually with a certain topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately. There is no restriction to the number of people that can participate in a given discussion, or the number of channels that can be formed on IRC.


Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message as well as chat and data transfers via Direct Client-to-Client.

As of May 2009, the top 100 IRC networks served more than half a million users at a time, with hundreds of thousands of channels (the vast majority of which stand mostly vacant), operating on a total of roughly 1,500 servers world-wide.

1. How can I use IRC on my machine.?

You need an IRC Client ( A program that connects to the IRC Servers). Every client follows guidelines form RFC2812 (basic rules that define how to communicate between client and server) if you are interested go through it, you will understand irc clients better.

  • Select the IRC server from the list
  • Decide your nick name ( just like your username for an email id )
  • [optional] register your nick
  • Connect
  • Select / Join your channel

These are most popular clients available for IRC,

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May 2009 Meeting Report

The third meeting of the “Indian Libre User Group” was held on May 24 2009.(4th Sunday of Every Month)

Following is a brief snapshot of the meeting.

Date: 24-05-2009
Time: 2:15pm – 5.35pm
Venue: Internet Club, IInd Floor, AMI Trust Building,
Broadway Enclave, Broadway, Ernakulam
Attendance : 21


Customary Introduction


Introduction to
– Free Software
– 4 Freedoms
– GNU Movement and its history
– Open Source Software
– GNU/Linux and other GNU based Operating Systems
– Licenses – GNU GPL
– Free Software Foundation and its role.

Agenda Discussion

Community Based Curriculum
The Community based curriculum project was explained in brief. The project
was delinked from the ILUG Cochin meetings as it was an initiative that is
going to be involving not only the Free Software Community but the entire
society. Also the initiative had its own importance in the present day, that
it required a seperate team from the free software community with specific
meetings and plans. will be the starting point.

Converting Kerala to Free Software.

The meeting kicked off what has been discussed in the Mailing List. The aim was to make the meeting synchronized with the Mailing List and the attendees and the Mailing List subscribers to collaborate more freely. The discussion started of with Roshin Roy suggesting to list out the various areas of development the community needs to consider with specific agendas.His Mail below summarizes the discussion for the meeting.

This will be put up in the ILUG wiki ( yet to be setup ) soon. The meeting was a kickoff to what the community finally aims at.

Tea Break

Technical Presentation: Package Management on GNU/Linux by Kevin Sha

The presentation started with the basics of what a software package is and what is meant by ” Installing an Application”. Later moved on explaining dpkg, apt and Synaptic with relation to Debian GNU/Linux.

5.25 pm

The Meeting concluded with plans of continuing the Agenda discussion on “Converting Kerala to Free Software” for the next meeting. An important point about Mailing List members not speaking up in Meetings and Meeting Attendees not speaking up in Mailing Lists was highlighted. The attendees and contributors were thanked and meeting wound up by 5.35pm. Detailed Feedback was collected from the Attendees.


Manu Ram
Vishu V
Fayaz Yusuf Khan
Mahesh Aravind
Jayachandran CS
Binny VA
Roshin Roy
NJ Mathew
Harikrishnan TR
Bilal MK
Santhosh Lal VS
Punnoose PJ
Tomcy Varghese
Laiju Thomas
KG Harikumar
Lenins George
VK Nizar
Jay Jacob
Kevin Sha

We thank all the attendees for coming and urge them to put their feedback on the mailing list so we can improve future meetings.

And hope the next meeting on 28/06/2009 is bigger and better.