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i have FC4 on this pc and it comes with free version of IRC. i brought up yumex looking for a mIRC package cause i have friends on mIRC and i was kinda hopping that i could get it and run it on FC4. i went to mIRC.com and found downloads but they were all windows downloads. is it possible to get it mIRC for FC4 and if so do i still have to pay the 20 dollar register fee. i looked at the irc site and it said the ms versions are not free casue its harder to write than the linux version. if anyone can help please let me know.
The first thing you need to recognize is that mIRC is NOT IRC. IRC is a chat protocol, mIRC is a client for said protocol. You'll need a Linux IRC Client. For GUI, I prefer XChat. For console, BitchX works best for me.
thank you i knew irc and mirc were different but i didnt know than xchat and mirc were able to chat together for exaple i thought mirc was say yahoo and xchat was say aim. but thank you now i just have to use it for things other than my lug.
Think about AOL Instant Messager. There is an AIM protocol. A protocol simply defines how the client and server are supposed to communicate. Seperate from this protocol is a program called AIM that runs on Windows. Alternatively, there are programs such as GAIM and Kopete which use the AIM protocol. Since all three programs use the same protocol, they can interact.
The same is true with IRC. IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is the protocol. It just happens that mIRC is immensely popular and most Windows users think mIRC is the protocol (interface) also. But it isn't. This is like saying that Internet Explorer is the internet.
IRC is an open standard; so a vast amount of IRC clients exist. mIRC, X-Chat, ircle, BitchX, Xircom, and a ton of Java Applet clients too.
So in short, yes, mIRC and xchat can communicate. I hope you now realize why.