James Britt wrote:

> Simon Strandgaard wrote:
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>> The main channel:
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>> #ruby-lang
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>> Besides it there exists other channels:
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> Any pointers to "IRC for the Slow-Witted", and IRC etiquette?
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> Thanks,
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>
> James
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>
>
Do you mean for IRC clients? What to watch out for?

These channels are on Freenode, the PDPC network. Freenode was created 
for software projects so they could callaborate with the users and 
developers. You can register a nick or channel through channel services. 
Theres great Network Operators who are all friendly in 
#freenode / irc.freenode.net They are very helpful.

Links to read:
http://freenode.net/philosophy.shtml
http://freenode.net/freenode_and_irc.shtml
http://freenode.net/catalysts.shtml
http://freenode.net/channel_guidelines.shtml


and of course the Freenode.net homepage.

I wouldn't use mIRC, since its complete junk in software. There are 
better IRC clients out there if you are on windows. XChat is a popular 
irc client. If you wish to use the better clients like irssi, epic, or 
ircII, you need to install cygwin first. Then install from the selection 
screen.

Now if you are on unix, there is a whole selection to choose from by 
default. Personally I sometimes use telnet. IRC has easy syntax to 
remember. If I am on my servers, I will use irssi or epic, with screen 
to keep my session always open.

IRC is all about collaborating and talking. Make sure you keep a time 
limit on yourself or you will say, "omg, what time it is! wtf I spent 
all day on irc!" Limit yourself and go code ot like lyponov(Alex) I will 
have to consistantly yell untill he goes to code!

to connect in any client to a freenode server, on the command line type 
"/connect irc.freenode.net"
to join any of the channels listed, use the join command

ex. "/join #rubymine"
or
ex. "/join #rpa"

you get the point ;)

David Ross
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