IRC on Linux de-mystified for new users only

The other day, I was trying to fix something in my firefox and found that the way to go was to login to IRC and go to the mozilla server and join #firefox.

Though IRC is quite native to Linux, I did not know where to start. So, I noted down the list of steps that need to be done to get you started. (Note this may not be new to most of you).

First install a IRC client like xchat-gnome. To do that

sudo yum install xchat-gnome

Once that is done, just fire up your xchat-gnome. you might have to enter some details for the first time 🙂

If you want to join a server not listed in the list, then you can add the server:

Go to Edit -> Preference -> Network -> Add

and add the server.

Note: If you are running squid and getting an error

for being behind open proxy then you should deny all hosts and allow just your intranet or just your host 🙂


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