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I.R.C. stands for Internet Relay Chat. It is one of the oldest chat protocols on the Internet and among the most widely used. In Linux Mint you would use the IRC to:
On the IRC, you don't just connect to some central server. You join "channels". A channel is like a chatroom... once you've joined the channel you can see who's connected to it, and if anyone talks in the channel it will appear on your screen.
Similarly, when you type and say something, everybody in the channel sees it.
Open the menu and launch "Hexchat". It will connect you automatically and you'll be ready to talk with other people.
If you're using the KDE edition, launch the program called "Quassel".
There are many IRC client applications which can connect you to the IRC under Windows, Mac OS and most other operating systems.
Alternatively you can use a Web-based IRC client such as Mibbit:
Linux Mint uses the Spotchat IRC network (On an IRC network each channel has a unique name, so if there was only one IRC network in the World there would only be one #England channel in the world for instance. As you can imagine, there are many.).
The address for this network is: irc.spotchat.org
On this network, the distribution uses the following channel: #linuxmint-help
By default, Hexchat (or Quassel) will join this channel. You're welcome to ask questions about Linux Mint or to seek help from others.
Because Linux Mint is run by many different people, from older to younger people, having very different cultures and sensibilities, it is important that you remain calm, friendly and polite. You should also avoid any sensitive subjects such as religion, sex and politics. And you should avoid any term, insult, word that could hurt the sensibility of others.
There's an IRC culture on the Internet so it's important to be aware of certain things:
Sometimes you need to show the result of a command or the content of a file to people on the IRC. If you paste the text directly in your IRC client, you're likely to get kicked or banned from the channel for flooding. The solution is to use a pastebin.
A pastebin is a website which allows you to paste text and to show it to other people.
Let's try it:
Sometimes it's pictures you need to show. For instance, an error message, or a screenshot of your desktop.
Note: You can easily take screenshots of your desktop by pressing the Print_Screen key, or screenshots of a particular window by pressing Alt+Print_Screen.
In this case use the following website: http://imagebin.ca/
It works the exact same way as a pastebin. Fill in the form to upload your picture, copy the resulting address and paste it in your IRC client for people to click on it.
Thank You for the turtorial.
Thanks on the tutorial concerning the IRC. It helped answer my questions that I had concerning it.
helpful info, thank you :)
Very useful Thank you
great info thanks
Good tutorial, but it would be better if there was a link to the current list of all Linux IRC Channels.
Terse, clear, and relevant.
Might have been good to have a link to further learning resources (such as info on /Commands).
How to register on spotchat? How is the registration code used?
i typed in "
"-mintbotd(cinnabot@cinnabot)- Your registration code is
Does it go in /msg somehow?
(using irssi )
thank you - update; the IRC for KDE version is called Konversation.
great info thanks
very explicit and useful. Thanks Bunch
Thanks for the information
Thanks, very helpful.
Easy to understand, just what I needed to get a basic understanding of IRC.
Again another thoughtful well written article.
Thanks! very helpful!
In the table in B3, please add the channel for LMDE (which is always hidden; you really have to dig to find it).
Everyone should read this before using IRC. Good info.
Thanks and very useful,
Thanks and very useful,
btw, the information of pastbin may need to be updated
on IRC the chanserv recommend dpaste.com now, and It seems that http://imagebin.ca/ is not available.
Agree Very Useful Thank's i am seeking to learn all i can of the os's operating procedure's
Thanks! Very useful!
This tutorial reminds users how important it is to use good manners on the IRC. Thank you.
How do you quote a person in IRC?
It's a short tuto but extremely useful.
Now, I got a two different sites:
very helpful tutorial.
feels like in the 90s era when entering the IRC channel :D
I'm v. new to this world and will try to be constructive in comments once I am a bit more confident in what i (think i) am doing. Thus far I like Nadia.
The IRC needs to be made up of different channels for different languages!
Clem PLEASE have someone do this, it's not fair to have everyone speaking 20 different languages in one channel, it's irritating with all the different languages spewing across the screen with no clue as to what is being spoken.
The forum isn't just in one language neither should IRC...
Very helpfull to someone who has never used IRC and very easy to follow
in plain English
Very good advice. I've served on buletin-boards as a moderator several times and as an administrator just twice as one who put a buletin board together from the language up. So my comment is qualified retrospectively. terabyte
I go use IRC now.
thanks for explining it in this simple way.....great for newbies like me
I think it is a good chatroom but i can't find the server freenode. And linux mint 13 comes with XChat by default so I am not sure why you midbit even exists.
It is a good IRC for beginners and I am not trying to complain.
Can you also add how to register a nick?
Personally I do not recommend using pastebin. use https://crypty.ch instead
Allow me to add an Arabic tutorial to use IRC: https://syria.hacktivist.me/?page_id=75
Never used IRC before.. this definitely got me started on the right track. Thanks for the posting & keep up the good work!
Thanks for the information, its much appreciated.
verry good instructions! terabyte
Exellent Beginner level tutorial.
I learned everything i need to know in general about the IRC.
Have been a Linux taster for decades ... but Skype, etc rather than IRC. Now heavily using *untu distros, but IRC is not really a novice-friendly business tool, with shared whiteboards, revisions & transfers of complex files, whilst a team collaborative process is progressing.
Could you help us business (non-coders) types with the better tools, with pointers to more useful software?
Good and correct advice.
Man, it's been years since I last used IRC. Thanks for the refresher Clem! I just connected and have it running the background.
Thanks a lot Clem!
Great tutorial. Very helpful to me! Thanks a lot.
Great tutorial. Now IRC chats don't look quite as daunting as they always have.
Also good to know, LMDE uses #linuxmint-debian on spotchat.
Gonna use it from now on... :)
Good links, I didn't know about them.
Briefly and detailed = great article! Many thanks!!!
Very useful,thanks! :)
Awesome and useful tutorial, well done good sir! :D
Hallo ..und viele Grüsse aus old Germany,
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love this tutorial... now i know how to use IRC...
this tutorial, i like.
Thanks this very nice specially for newbies like me.
It was useful for me, thanks.
This is great and I'll be showing this to more people who come into the channel's above. Not very long ago I've discontinued help because it was an exercise in futility getting that person to simply paste information to a pastebin.
Just let me add two programs that can make getting help easier (after you get to know how to use these):
1. Webboard: A paste application for text
2. Shutter: A screenshot application, image manipulator and uploader
all rolled into one.
It's not a bad idea at all to write what you have tried as a very matter-of-fact way possible. Keep it short but descriptive; bullet style is a great idea. Don't tell a story. Paste that to a pastebin.
1. Version of Mint & Desktop:
2. Experience with linux in months to years:
3. Describe in one sentence what's going on:
4. Describe as briefly as possible in bullet style what was tried.
5. Is there anything you did beforehand that you think caused it.
Paste #3 above to the IRC channel with the URL after you have asked yourself this: Can I make this description any shorter & have I tried the forums or the internet to see if other people have had the same problems?. Many times I've searched for a howto and posted the URL.
Unlikely this technique will happen in most instances but I can dream. :)
Hum! One can learn new tricks everyday. Thank you for the concise explanation.
Short and to the point, without having to wade through, redundant text. Thanks
Great Intro To IRC, Thank You!
really best tutorial.. thanks!..
Great tutorial, thanks!
Thank you for this nice information. Especially the feature of the pastebin is quite new for me. Thank you.
to be honest here, i've never seen such an in-depth irc guide. i didn't read it, since i'm already familiar -- but nice job.
Thanks a lot clem, I didn't knew that this IRC exists.
"I.R.C. stands for Internet Chat Relay."
*waves with the wizard staff*
"I.R.C. stands for Internet Relay Chat."
Another great tut. Just one thing "see below on how to use pastebin" - below where?