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In addition to its Mailing lists, SOWN uses Internet Relay Chat (IRC) as one of its main mechanisms for communicating with each other outside of meetings and/or Workshops. Automated messages from our monitorring services are also sent to the channel so people can quickly notice a problem.
 
== Connecting ==
 
== Connecting ==
 
If you're interested or stuck with something wireless, or maybe just bored feel free to pay us a visit in '''#sown''' on '''irc.sown.org.uk''' [[irc://irc.sown.org.uk/sown #sown]].
 
If you're interested or stuck with something wireless, or maybe just bored feel free to pay us a visit in '''#sown''' on '''irc.sown.org.uk''' [[irc://irc.sown.org.uk/sown #sown]].

Revision as of 16:17, 24 May 2008

In addition to its Mailing lists, SOWN uses Internet Relay Chat (IRC) as one of its main mechanisms for communicating with each other outside of meetings and/or Workshops. Automated messages from our monitorring services are also sent to the channel so people can quickly notice a problem.

Connecting

If you're interested or stuck with something wireless, or maybe just bored feel free to pay us a visit in #sown on irc.sown.org.uk [#sown].

There's usually somebody around at most times during the day to talk to.


Clients

There are numerous IRC clients available. Below are some of the clients used by members of SOWN. If none of these suit, Google may be able to find you something better.

  • Windows:
    • mIRC is one of the most popular GUI clients available.
    • IceChat is also another good GUI client.
  • Linux:
    • Irssi is a powerful shell text based client that can be run in Screen (so you never miss a minute of conversation!)
    • XChat is a GUI client that can be run on Linux. It is now multi-platform, so can be run on Windows and Mac OSX as well.
  • Mac OS:
    • Colloquy is an open source GUI client for Mac OS X.


Logs

So that our important technical discussions don't get lost we log our IRC channel. These logs are indexed so that you can search for a particular conversation. We use various colours to highlight different messages.


Someone joining the channel

Someone leaving the channel

Someone performing an action in the channel

sown-bot speaking. Usually to report a problem or recovery of a node or a response to someone's query of a node's status.


As well as providing a search box. If you want to go to a certain time in a day's log you can append a #HHMM, (e.g. http://www.sown.org.uk/irc-logs.php?log_file=sown.log.20080207#1900) to go to that exact time in the conversation.