Open Source Comes to Campus/Curriculum/Laptop setup/OSX IRC

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On OS X, we'll be using Colloquy, a popular graphical IRC chat client.


[edit] IRC client setup instructions

  1. Download Colloquy from this link.
  2. Copy the Colloquy application to your Applications folder.
  3. Potential problem (and solution): When you try to open Colloquy, you may get a message from OS X saying that it's from an unidentified developer so you can't open it. To fix this, open your System Preferences application, click "Security & Privacy", click the "General" tab, and you may see an "Open Anyway" button regarding the Colloquy app that you just tried to open. You can click that button! You can also change the setting under "Allow applications downloaded from..." to "Anywhere".
  4. Read through the material on Getting started with Colloquy - but note that instead of connecting to the server name and channel name recommended in this tutorial, you should use the IRC server name and channel name listed below. We'll practice using IRC in depth later in the day.

[edit] IRC client practice: joining the OpenHatch channel

During this workshop we'll get practice using IRC and help each other as we contribute to projects in the #openhatch channel on the Freenode network.

Here are the connection details for joining the Freenode network and the OpenHatch IRC channel:

IRC server name:
channel name: #openhatch

Given that information, and reviewing the Colloquy overview above, use Colloquy to connect to Freenode and join the OpenHatch channel. Pick any nickname you like. :) Once you have joined the channel, say hello!

[edit] Registering a nickname on Freenode (optional)

You can pick a permanent name by "registering a nick". This doesn't mean you can't easily go by other names - instead, it reserves the nick you register so it can be used only by you. To register a nick, type the following command into your client's input line:

   /msg NickServ REGISTER password

Replace "password" with a secure password and "" with your email. Further details are at the Freenode FAQ pages.

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