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* Choose '''Applications > Internet > XChat IRC'''. It should auto-connect to FreeNode, authenticate to NickServ, and join our channel.
 
* Choose '''Applications > Internet > XChat IRC'''. It should auto-connect to FreeNode, authenticate to NickServ, and join our channel.
 
* Check your email to confirm your email address with FreeNode.
 
* Check your email to confirm your email address with FreeNode.
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[[Category:Linux tools]]

Revision as of 17:38, 2 February 2010

Our IRC channel is publicly accessible. This page contains instructions for how to set up XChat to connect to our IRC channel.

Set up XChat in Ubuntu

  • $ sudo aptitude install xchat # not "xchat-gnome"
  • Choose Applications > Internet > XChat IRC.
  • On the XChat menu, click Network List.
  • Type in something for the nick names, user name, and real name. For example, the 5 boxes could contain these 5 entries if your full name is "John Smith":
jsmith
jsmith_
jsmith__
jsmith
jsmith
  • Select Skip network list on startup
  • In the Networks list, click FreeNode. Click Edit.
  • Select Auto connect to this network at startup
  • In the Channels to join: box, type #lsdevlinux
  • Click Close, Close. On the XChat menu, click Quit.
  • Choose Applications > Internet > XChat IRC. It should automatically join our IRC channel.

Register your nick on FreeNode

Registering on FreeNode will let you send Private Messages in addition to merely talking on the public IRC channel.

You can register an IRC FreeNode username by doing these steps: (partly gleaned from http://freenode.net/faq.shtml#nicksetup )

  • Choose Applications > Internet > XChat IRC. Let it auto-connect to FreeNode.
  • Verify that the lower-left of the window has your correct preferred nick choice, "jsmith", and that the freenode tab doesn't report any nick collisions or claims that you need to authenticate for the nick you have chosen. Otherwise you may need to choose another spelling of your nick that no one else has already registered, preferably without any underscores.
  • Register by typing: /msg nickserv register <your-password> <your-email>

Note that this password should definitely be unique, and it will also probably be sent over the Internet in plaintext.

  • Protect your email by typing: /msg nickserv set hidemail on
  • On the XChat menu, click Network List.
  • In the Networks list, click FreeNode. Click Edit. In the Nickserv password box, type your FreeNode password. Click Close, Close. On the XChat menu, click Quit.
  • Choose Applications > Internet > XChat IRC. It should auto-connect to FreeNode, authenticate to NickServ, and join our channel.
  • Check your email to confirm your email address with FreeNode.