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The Gentoo Linux Wiki(s) also has an official IRC channel on the Freenode network. Please pay attention to the common IRC netiquette.


What is IRC

Internet Relay Chat is a protocol for communication, which presents a fast, simple and good possibility to communicate to others.

Server and channel

Our Gentoo Channel is on the Efnet network:

  • Channel 1: #gentoo (for general gentoo/gentoo-wiki discussion)
  • Channel 2: #gw-rc (stats) (for live changes monitoring)
  • Server:
  • Port: 6667

Gentoo-Wiki specific channel is on the FreeNode network:

  • Channel: #gentoo-wiki
  • Server:
  • Port: 6667

Quick Howto irssi

  • emerge irssi
  • irssi
  • /join #gentoo-wiki

Quick Howto xchat

  • emerge xchat
  • start xchat-2 (from commandline or from your windowmanager menu)
  • Open the serverlist and connect to the "Freenode" network
  • /join #gentoo-wiki

Quick Howto Konversation

  • emerge konversation
  • start konversation (from commandline or from your windowmanager menu)
  • Open the serverlist and connect to the "Freenode" network
  • /join #gentoo-wiki

Joining #gentoo-wiki via browser

If you're unable to use IRC clients listed above you can join #gentoo-wiki via simple java based browser interface using irc4u or mibbit. Alternatively if you are using a Mozilla based browser, you can install Chatzilla, and join by clicking #gentoo-wiki.


English is the most widely understood language on IRC. Some channels, like #EspaƱa or #Brazil, whose main participants are Spanish or Brazilians, would obviously chat in their own language.

Although IRC is mostly unrestricted, nevertheless there are certain rules/etiquette everyone must follow.

  • You don't have to greet every person in a channel personally. A simple "Hello!" typed in the channel would suffice. Similarly, it's nice to say "Bye" when you are about to leave a channel.
  • You should always talk in a language that everyone in the channel will understand. If you wish to speak to friends in a different language, you may create a separate channel and put a language restriction in your topic.
  • Never flood or dump another person or a channel. That is, sending large amounts of unwanted information. This slows down connection because the server cannot handle the traffic. This could cause it (and possibly you) to be disconnected from IRC.
  • Always be friendly. Don't pick fights or arguments and antagonize other users.
  • Always abide by the channel rules. Too often a person is kicked from a channel or banned from joining it because he violated a channel's rules. One such violation may be using crude language.
  • Some IRC clients enable you to automatically greet persons joining the channel even if you are away or talking to other people. You might think this polite but autogreets actually convey you as an insincere person.
  • Do not harass other users in any way.
  • Use a charset which everyone can read: utf-8

Wiki IRC Bot now has a proper IRC bot running on EFnet #gw-rc. This bot will echo all changes made to the wiki to this channel. If any of the other language wiki's would like a similar channel please contact Thrasher

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