Getting started with Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

It is often told that, IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is one of the key tool to get started with open source projects. IRC servers accepts and transmits relay messages to users connected with IRC clients and they communicated using IRC protocol, a predefined set of rules which regulates the communication between different nodes. There are multiple IRC networks and each network may be made of one or more clients.


In Fedora Magazine Mr Paul W. Frields has published an interesting article which covers basics aspects of IRC along with IRC clients available for Fedora, configuring IRC clients on different clients and other tips and tricks.
IRC, short for Internet Relay Chat, is a great way for individuals and teams to communicate and work together. Although there are new apps like Slack that mimic it, IRC itself has been around for decades. It’s a time-tested system with a wealth of features. However, it’s also simple to get started using it with tools in Fedora.

IRC servers on the internet accept and relay messages to connected users, each of whom is running an IRC client. The clients all use the IRC protocol, a set of agreed upon rules for communication. There are many separate IRC networks on the internet. Each network has one or more servers around the world that work together to relay messages.

Each network also has many channels, sometimes called rooms, where users can gather. A channel usually has a specific topic, and a name that starts with a “#”, such as #hyundai-cars. When you enter or join that channel, it’s because you want to discuss that topic. You can also start your own channel.

You can also privately message other users in most cases. It’s also possible to configure your user account on a network, or your client, not to get such messages. IRC has many options available, but this article will only cover a few simple ones.
Read complete article in Fedora Magazine.

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