On OS X, we'll be using LimeChat, a popular graphical IRC chat client.
IRC client setup instructions
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: chat.freenode.net channel name: #openhatch
Given that information, and reviewing the overview above, use the app to connect to Freenode and join the OpenHatch channel. Pick any nickname you like. :) Once you have joined the channel, say hello!
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 email@example.com
Replace "password" with a secure password and "firstname.lastname@example.org" with your email. Further details are at the Freenode FAQ pages.