Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a method of communicating with other people around the world in a real-time fashion. There are dozens of IRC networks, many of which have channels devoted to Linux:

Keep in mind that many channels are not support-oriented and are instead focused on highly technical discussions. Beginning Linux users may be better suited to one of the #LinuxHelp channels (Undernet and DALnet) or the Linux Internet Support Cooperative (LISC). LISC is a multi-server network at which describes themselves as the "friendly place for Linux help". They also have a web site at

If you know of a Linux-related IRC server or channel, that's missing from this site, please let us know at our Suggestion Box.