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Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real time 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.

Not everyone who works with Free Geek hangs out on IRC, but a number of coders, system administrators, and people involved in helping new Free Geeks start up do.


  • #freegeek on is the main channel, which is used by most Free Geek internet people.
  • #fgchatter on is the channel used for off topic chatters, 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