- This is an on-going translation
- IRC was created by Jarkko "WiZ" Oikarinen in late August 1988 to replace a program called MUT (MultiUser talk) on a BBS called OuluBox in Finland. Oikarinen found inspiration in a chat system known as Bitnet Relay, which operated on the BITNET.
- IRC gained prominence when it was used to report on the Soviet coup attempt of 1991 throughout a media blackout. It was previously used in a similar fashion by Kuwaitis during the Iraqi invasion. Relevant logs are available from ibiblio archive.
- IRC client software is available for virtually every computer operating system.
The OLPC Community uses a series of channels in the irc.freenode.net network.
- #olpc — Contact point for all things olpc, and the core hardware development team's own channel. Picture a room where the knowledgeable core people are hard at work. It is a good place for authoritative answers, but people may be out, or too busy to respond, or don't want interruptions at the moment. #olpc-content is a good place to ask questions first.
- #sugar — Sugar development.
- #olpc-content — content related matters and general discussion.
- #olpc-es — Spanish language channel. Mostly OLPC Spanish America.
- #olpc-peru — Peru and OLPC Spanish America subjects (most likely to be in Spanish)
- #olpc-brasil — Brazil (note the spelling with the 's' - português)
- #olpc-ro — OLPC Romania
- #olpc-ko — OLPC Korea
- #olpc-ja —OLPC Japan (since Jan 6, 2008)
- #olpc-wiki — geared towards issues or subjects relative to the wiki itself (Created around 20 June.)
- #olpc-l10n — has Localization as its focus (Created around 20 June.)
- #OLPC-Dictionary — related to the omegawiki.org children's dictionary for the olpc
- #tam_tam — TamTam (Inactive?)
- #olpc-talk — If #olpc is a room where people are working, then #olpc-talk is the hallway where conversation can be moved when it gets noisy or random, or folks just want focus on work. (Created 2007-06-04. Didn't draw much traffic. #olpc-content remains the main discussion venue. If/when that get's too noisy, #olpc-talk can be resurrected.)
How to use irc channels
- If you don't know what IRC is, now is a good time to find out. It stands for Internet Relay Chat, and is basically... a chatroom. Some helpful resources are here, here, and especially this tutorial, which also includes basic commands.
- Learn about IRC etiquette. Some good reads are here, here, and here.
- Review the software client list. Pick one, download, install. If you haven't used IRC before, a good choice is Xchat, which works on both Linux and Windows; Linuxchix has a good tutorial.
- connect to to one or more of the above mentioned channels, and join us! (To do this, choose irc.freenode.net as your server, and then /join a channel... if you're new to IRC, the #olpc-content channel is probably the place you want to go first).