Hackathons/Laptop setup/Linux IRC

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On Linux, we'll be using XChat, a popular graphical IRC chat client.

IRC client setup instructions[edit]

  1. Start a command prompt. You can review how to do this in the command line navigation section.
  2. At the command prompt:
    • If you are running Ubuntu or Debian (or another dpkg-based system), type:
      sudo apt-get install xchat
      and enter your administrator password when prompted.
    • If you are running Fedora (or another yum-based system), type:
      sudo yum install xchat
      and enter your administrator password when prompted.

      Note that asterisks won't be displayed as you type your passwords.
  3. Optionally, read through the material on Getting started with XChat. You can practice using IRC in depth later in the day.

IRC client practice: joining the MediaWiki channel[edit]

During this workshop we'll get practice using IRC and help each other as we contribute to project in the #mediawiki channel on the Freenode network.

Here are the connection details for joining the Freenode network and the MediaWiki IRC channel:

IRC server name: irc.freenode.net
channel name: #mediawiki

Given that information, and reviewing the XChat overview above, use XChat to connect to Freenode and join the MediaWiki channel. Pick any nickname you like. :) Once you have joined the channel, say hello!

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