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I want to understand about IRC.
It is Internet Relay Chat, right? So, how does it differ from other internet chat programs?
As I understand, it is a whole lot of servers. So, if you are on one server, can you chat with someone on another server? Why have all these individual chat servers to begin with?
I think this is the system I tried last year and I gave up on it. But it seems to be popluar. As I reecall, there was no way to find someone on the system a friend of mine told me she used this but when I logged on, I had no way of finding if she was online or where to find her.
IRC (as I understand) does not have a client in itesef, you have to download a client to use it. I started with some sort of default client and I was told that there were better ones.
There are also multi-client chat programs which use IRC. I tried Pidgin.im but I did not care for it.
So now I am giving miranda-im a try. And, since IRC is so popular, I have decided to give it another chancel.
So are there multiple IRC chat servers? If so, why? Is it so that you can share simular interests with people? If so, which ones are for which interests?
In miranda, they as for a "Server name" and an "Internet address". What is the Internet Address for? They also as for an SSL. What is that? and a Port Range.
They also ask for a password. So where do I sign up to get my password?
On the Nabble Forum there are four Internet Relay Chat's listed: