#LUG/IP- The LUG/IP IRC Chanel

The Linux Users' Group in Princeton has its own IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel,
"#lug/ip" on the server "irc.freenode.net".

The channel was set up on Freenode.net in November 2003 by Willaim  Bilancio (nick: 'wbilancio'). An alias to get to this server via "irc.lugip.org" was set up by Ed Corrado.


The Freenode IRC server is a public server. Neither LUG/IP nor OPN are responsible for what people say on it. You may wish to read OPN's channel guidelines.

Text-based IRC

The easiest way to log-in is to issue the following command on your Linux system:

irc nickname irc.lugip.org

...where "nickname" is a 1- to 9-letter handle. (Most Linux distributions come with a text-based IRC client, like "ircII", installed. If not, they're very easy to find. Search at Freshmeat.)

Once logged onto the "irc.freenode.net" IRC server, type this command into your IRC client:

/join #lug/ip

Graphical IRC

Under Linux

A number of LUG/IP members enjoy using X-Chat.

Under Windows

Under MacOS

IRC Commands

There are better places to learn how to use IRC, but here are the most common and useful commands:

  • /join #channel - Enter into a particular channel.
  • /who #channel - Show a list of all users in a
    particular channel.
  • /leave #channel - Leave a channel that you've joined.
  • /msg nickname message... - Send a private message to
    another user on the IRC server.
  • /me action - Send a message in the third person.
    (Example: "/me has to go now")
  • /quit - Quit IRC.
  • /help - Get help from your IRC client!

Graphical IRC clients will have many of these commands available using their graphical interface.

If what you type does not begin with a forward-slash ("/"), it will be sent to whatever channel you've joined, so be careful!

Common IRCisms

Here's a short list of acronyms. If someone uses one not listed that you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask what it means.

  • afaik - As far as I know
  • afk - Away from keyboard
  • aka - Also known as
  • bbiab - Be back in a bit
  • brb - Be right back
  • fyi - For your information
  • imho - In my humble opinion
  • imo - In my opinion
  • lug/ip - Linux User Group In Princeton, obviously!
  • re - Hello again

Like e-mail, IRC is a good place to use "emoticons" (also known as happy faces). They usually involve characters that look like this:

:) :^) <:^( >:^P

But sometimes people use these kinds of faces:


Kicking and Banning

People known as operators (ops) have the ability to remove people from an IRC channel. If you are rude, abusive or in any other way distruptive, you will be removed by an operator. Please realize that just because you're behind a monitor, you can't act anyway you feel. Even IRCers have feelings (and tempers!)