yoho Posted January 25, 2005 Report Share Posted January 25, 2005 Yo, IM and IRC clients still use the same protocol (ICQ), dont they? Not at all ! These are three different things. There are several IM (short for instant messengers) : yahoo, msn, jabber... each one uses it's own protocol (it's a bit more complex for jabber, however). IRC is a protocol itself. Xchat is a client for this protocol, but several clients are available for this protocol : bitchx, mirc, even kopete, etc... I don't know a lot about ICQ, but it's probably the oldest IM (or the ancestor of IM). All those protocols are incompatible : you can't create a "chatroom" with people from yahoo, people from msn, people from icq, people from irc. However, some clients (like kopete) implement all these protocols, so you can chat with people on IRC, on msn, etc... but you'll see them in different windows. I guess the best for you is to get xchat and try (it's available for free under windows and linux). I think you'll get the concept very quickly. Maybe browse the web a little to help you out during your first steps on irc. I know the undernet network is also giving "courses" to newbies on IRC : see on their website www.undernet.org Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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