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Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet chat or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group (many-to-many) communication in discussion forums called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication and data transfers via private message. IRC client software is available for virtually every computer operating system.

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The OLPC Community uses a series of channels in the network. Check {{User irc}} to see how to register your participation in the IRC channels within the wiki, and to find the category where users are registered.


#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.
#schoolserver Note:
#olpc-meeting OLPC meeting, developer's meeting room
#olpc-help Help channel
Secondary channels — Usually following #olpc-xx (where xx is a language code), or #olpc-country.
Secondary by language used:
#olpc-es Spanish language channel. Mostly OLPC Spanish America.
Secondary by country interest:
#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-co Colombia
#olpc-ko Korea
#olpc-philippines Philippines - [1] Note: Hosted @
#olpc-ro Romania
#olpc-za South Africa

other channels


  • #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.)dropped in october due to low traffic and overlap with #olpc-content


  • #OLPC-Dictionary — related to the children's dictionary for the olpc
  • #tam_tamTamTam (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.)

  • #schoolserver — dedicated to the School server
  • #debian-olpc — dedicated to porting Debian to the XO

How to use irc channels

  1. 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.
  2. Learn about IRC etiquette. Some good reads are here, here, and here.
  3. 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.
  4. Connect to to one or more of the above mentioned channels, and join us! (To do this, choose 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).
  5. Note OLPC growing pains.

Using IRC on your XO

See XoIRC.