- title Internet Relay Chat - IRC
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of realtime Internet chat. It is mainly designed for group (many-to-many) communication in discussion forums called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message. On IRC you can talk to many other members using Ubuntu, on topics ranging from idle chit-chat to support with your Ubuntu. Though a channel might have many people in it at any one time, they might not always be at their keyboard; so if no-one responds, just wait around and someone will hopefully answer soon enough. This page serves as an information base for users of the Ubuntu IRC channels. The Ubuntu channels can be found on the freenode network, irc.freenode.net. XChat in Ubuntu has this network preconfigured and the main channel, #ubuntu, will automatically be joined. Kubuntu also comes with Konversation, which is also pre-configured for the Kubuntu help channels. When participating in Ubuntu IRC channels, please abide by the Code of Conduct and channel|guidelines.
The following is just a list of programs that you can use to enter the Ubuntu channels listed below.
Ubuntu & Xubuntu (GTK+)
- Empathy - Default instant messaging software on Ubuntu since Karmic.
- Smuxi (Website) - A cross-platform and user-friendly IRC client for GNOME.
- Pidgin - Popular instant messaging software but also supports IRC.
- XChat - GUI based IRC client.
- LostIRC - A simple GTK IRC client.
- Loqui - Another GTK client, with a range of features intermediate between XChat's and LostIRC's.
- ChatZilla as a Firefox add-on or as a part of SeaMonkey.
- Quassel - KDE4/Qt based, IRC client.
- Konversation - KDE GUI based IRC client.
- KvIRC - a more powerful, though less KDE-integrated, GUI client.
- Kopete - Multi-protocol instant messaging and IRC software for KDE (no support for IRC in KDE4).
- Irssi - Popular command line/text based IRC client.
- WeeChat - Another popular command line/text based IRC client.
- ERC - an IRC client for the Emacs editor.
Other operating systems
Free or shareware IRC clients are available for most systems. For those users who would rather not search for and install an IRC client on their system, the freenode Webchat is suggested as a way to connect to the Ubuntu IRC channels.
There are many real-time discussion channels for the Ubuntu community via the freenode IRC service. A list of the channels, a brief description, and the channels contact is available on the Channel|List page. The contact person mentioned in the list is the contact person for channel issues. For general support questions, please ask your question in the appropriate channel.
There are 2 logging bots active: ubuntulog and Lo``Co``Bot. Ubuntulog is a bot that sits in the main channels and maintains a log of that channel. the Lo``Co``Bot provides the same service, but for Lo``Co team channels. If you are interested in having a Lo``Co``Bot in your channel, please contact email@example.com. The channel logs from these two bots can be found online at:
Please be aware that when you are on IRC you may be logged by bots other than these, sometimes without permission of channel operators. Please keep in mind that you are in a public place and even if it is not said explicitly others may be logging their conversations which include yours. The content of all Ubuntu channels, whether official logs or otherwise, are considered to be in the public domain.
This bot sits in a channel and provides various types of information upon command. It contains the facts database and is active in #ubuntu, #kubuntu, #kubuntu-devel, and many others. See Ubottu Usage for details on how to operate the bot. In #ubuntu-desktop, -devel, -bugs, -motu, -offtopic, #kubuntu-devel, #bzr and #launchpad, ubottu also listens for Launchpad/Malone/debbugs URLs and bug numbers and will give inforomation about the requested bugs. In #ubuntu-offtopic a few fun-features are enabled as well.
If you intend to use the IRC service on a continued basis, you are advised to register an account. That will give you a unique IRC identity, and will also allow you to access channels where unregistered users have been locked out for technical reasons. Ubuntu members can get an Ubuntu hostname cloak. See https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-irc-cloaks for information about obtaining one.
IRC operators can help you if there is a problem or disturbance in the channel. In most channels, saying « !ops » will alert operators, but this should only be done in response to serious channel emergencies. Channel operators and the IRC Team can be contacted in #ubuntu-irc for general enquiries. tl1yF4 <a href="http://vruwkonpdfrx.com/">vruwkonpdfrx</a>, [url=http://galrmxltxxub.com/]galrmxltxxub[/url], [link=http://ikgglnkfepqw.com/]ikgglnkfepqw[/link], http://oytoqhsumgpf.com/