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IRC is a real-time relay based chat protocol with no archiving. This means that when you send a message from your client to the server, the server just forwards the message to all of the other clients in the channel. At no point is that message stored, hence the name "relay chat". A downside to this is that you do not receive any messages if you aren't connected to the server.

What makes IRC so special is that is has been around for pretty much forever. Created in 1988 it was originally used by universities to help share ideas. To this day LUG and many other communities around the world still use it to share ideas. It is simple, light weight and runs on any platform. In this guide we will cover three ways in which you can use to get into IRC and into our channel.

First, let's go over some basic terms:

  • Server - the machine that your client connects to, it receives your commands and ...more