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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.

Many people stay logged on to IRC for many days. It's best to ask your questions even if you think people are not around.


  • #freegeek on is the main channel, which is used by most Free Geek internet people.
  • #freegeek-van on is the main channel if your looking for canadians.
  • Other channels are some times created (on special topics. an example would be the now defunct #freegeek-distro


There are many IRC clients, these are the ones I see around

  • Irssi is popular with the screen users
  • X-Chat is popular with the point and click crowd.

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More information on IRC can be found on the web, for instance at