The Linux Users' Group of Davis has its own IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
#lugod" on the "
irc.freenode.net" network of
servers. The channel was created
freenode in October 2001 by
Bill Kendrick (nick: 'kendrick').
The freenode IRC network is public. Neither LUGOD nor the Peer-Directed Projects Center are responsible for what people say on it. You may wish to read PDPC's channel guidelines.
Freenode offers a web-based IRC client, available at webchat.freenode.net. Click the following link to sign in to the
One way to log-in is to issue the following command on your Linux system:
irc nickname irc.freenode.net
...where "nickname" is a 1- to 9-letter handle. (Most Linux distributions come with a text-based IRC client, like "ircII", installed. If not, they're very easy to find. Search at Freshmeat.)
Once logged onto the "irc.freenode.net" IRC server, type this command into your IRC client:
Your screen will look more-or-less like this while you're in the channel:
The top area of the screen shows you messages and other information regarding the channel, as well as responses to any IRC commands you issue (see below).
Below this is a highlighted status bar showing you your nickname, what channel you're in, the current time, etc.
The very last line is where you type messages. You can type more characters than the width of your screen. The IRC client will scroll, and when your message appears in the message area, it will be word-wrapped.
- IRC Clients for X-Window (at Freshmeat.net)
A number of LUGOD members enjoy using X-Chat (GTK-based) and Konversation (Qt/KDE-based). (You can read some older documentation on how to set-up X-Chat to let you easily connect to
- IRC Clients for Windows (at Shareware.com)
- IRC Clients for MacOS (at Shareware.com)
There are better places to learn how to use IRC, but here are the most common and useful commands:
/join #channel- Enter into a particular channel.
/who #channel- Show a list of all users in a particular channel.
/who lugod/officers/*- Show a list of online LUGOD officers.
/whois username- Get info about a specific user.
/leave #channel- Leave a channel that you've joined.
/msg nickname message...- Send a private message to another user on the IRC server.
/me action- Send a message in the third person. (Example: "
/me has to go now")
/quit- Quit IRC.
/help- Get help from your IRC client!
Graphical IRC clients will have many of these commands available using their graphical interface.
If what you type does not begin with a forward-slash ("
/"), it will be sent to whatever channel you've joined, so be careful!
Here's a short list of acronyms. If someone uses one not listed that you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask what it means.
- afaik - As far as I know
- afk - Away from keyboard
- aka - Also known as
- bbiab - Be back in a bit
- brb - Be right back
- fyi - For your information
- imho - In my humble opinion
- imo - In my opinion
- lugod - Linux User Group of Davis, obviously!
- re - Hello again
Like e-mail, "emoticons" (also known as happy faces) are popular on IRC. They usually involve characters that look like this:
:) :^) <:^( >:^P
But sometimes people use these kinds of faces:
Freenode offers the ability to have a hostname cloak. This is primarily to show your affiliation and support for a group or project that you're associated with on Freenode. LUGOD now has cloaks available for officers as well as active members of our IRC channel!
To read more about cloaks, privacy implications, and more, please visit the Freenode User and Project Cloaks page.
For more information about getting a LUGOD cloak of your own, contact the "root" (president) or "sys" (vice-president) officers.
To find a list of club officers online on Freenode, use the command:
People known as operators (ops) have the ability to remove people from an IRC channel. If you are rude, abusive or in any other way distruptive, you will be removed by an operator. Please realize that just because you're behind a monitor, you can't act anyway you feel. Even IRCers have feelings (and tempers!)