Chatting on IRC
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is the where Ubuntu users can go to talk to one another online. Chats happen in real time and are very similar to using an instant messaging service. They're particularly good if you can't wait for a reply on the forums and want to talk to someone ASAP about a question you have.
IRC can be daunting at first, so let's walk through a typical session. First, you'll need to make sure you have the right chat software. Open the Ubuntu Software Center, search for XChat IRC (not to be mistaken for XChat-GNOME), and install it. Once you've done that, limber up your clicking finger, and follow these steps:
Select Applications ▸ Internet ▸ XChat IRC to start XChat. A Network List window like the one in Figure 20-9 ...