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IRC, Internet Relay Chat

Sugar Labs no longer uses IRC as the primary mode of communication. Matrix is the preferred mode of communication. Nevertheless, the matrix and IRC channels are bridged using Matrix Appservice IRC. IRC channel only exists for backward compatibility.

  • The IRC activity allows access to IRC from within the Sugar environment.
  • You can use a computer-based client to log in to IRC, such as Pidgin or X-Chat. This link should work for such clients: irc://
  • Or, use a browser add-on, such as CIRC (for Chrome). Current versions of Firefox are no longer compatible with add-ons, so ChatZilla will only work if you are using a sufficiently older version of Firefox.

IRC is mainly designed for group communication in discussion 'channels', but allows for personal chat and data transfer as well.

Sugar Labs is moving sugar channels from to

The Sugar Labs Community uses a series of channels in the network.

IRC channel discussion archives

  • Archives of many Sugar-related IRC channels are generated automatically by an IRC bot and are indexed here. channels

#sugar or irc:// For day-to-day Sugar development—a casual, friendly place where Sugar developers collaborate.
#sugar-meeting or irc:// A channel for scheduled Sugar Labs meetings. See the Sugar Labs event calendar. (not active, Meetings now happen on Matrix
#fedora-olpc or irc:// A channel for the Fedora development project for OLPC XOs and a Sugar distribution. See the project page. channels

#schoolserver or irc:// The meeting channel for the XS, the XO school Server.
(Not active in September 2009.)
#treehouse or irc:// The meeting channel for the Treehouse - Hosting

How to use IRC channels

  • A web-based chat for other channels is Mibbit, with nickname: (whatever you like), server:, and channel: #schoolserver (or whatever other channel you're trying to get into). It also includes an in-line translation service that is helpful when other languages are used.
  • Some helpful resources are here, and this tutorial, which also includes basic commands.
  • Learn about IRC etiquette. Try here, here, or here.
  • For IRC under sugar, install the latest Sugar IRC activity.
  • In Pidgin you can configure IRC and then Add a Chat to your Buddy list. Select the IRC channel from the drop-down menu, and enter the name of the channel. You can set Pidgin to open channels automatically whenever it starts up.
  • In a traditional IRC client, you join a channel with the /join command, for example, enter /join #sugar in the input box.
  • Connect to one of the above channels, and say hello. You will see a list of the handles (on-line names) of the people in the channel, and the conversation will appear in a scrolling window. Type your message in the command entry area, and press return.
  • Instructions for using the meeting log robot are here.