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chownuseradd 03-14-2008 04:38 AM

New to search of IM friend....
Hello and thanks for reading this. I am very new to linux and I am working at a data center presently. I am trying to learn linux/unix/centos/debian/freebsd/fedoracore/redhat/ubuntu and a few other OS's! I am in search of someone who is awake at this hour of night (or day, depending on where you are located) that I could IM every now and then with some basic questions that wouldn't be viable for a forum setting. I promise I will not bother you all the time! I am simply looking for someone to help with the basics and answer a couple of questions every now and then. You can contact me on aim at: tacetqui or relackscaro! If anyone is interested I would be greatly greatly appreciative! Thanks so much!

craigevil 03-14-2008 05:04 AM

Why not just use IRC? There are always people in the various channels, especially in #ubuntu.

chownuseradd 03-14-2008 06:38 AM

Perhaps you could suggest some more that you know of. I have just looked up a ton of them and tried some out but they are almost all empty. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

b0uncer 03-14-2008 07:50 AM

I'd vote for IRC too. Not every people love the messenger applications you're referring to, but typically a lot of people who know the things you'd like to ask do sit on some IRC channels - usually more than one. On IRC you can leave messages and have them answered (that depends on the will of the receiver of course) at a later time, if you just leave your client open. You can (and many do) run an irc client on a remote server, maybe on screen, and have it run there even when you have logged out. This way you can collect any messages or conversations even when you're not there - just look back when you are back on line, and see what was talked about. I'd say IRC is far better than any of the candy-looking (not that IRC clients couldn't look good - most of them just stick to the functionality instead of outlooks) MSN/ICQ/Jabber/other messaging clients.

Anyway, it's up to you what to use, but I've noticed that on IRC it's more probable to get help (and faster) than on the other IM things. On the other IM apps you typically talk to one person at a time (and certainly do not have a conversation with 300+ persons times seven channels), and if that person isn't there...well, then you don't get answers. On IRC there probably is somebody who can help, maybe more than one, maybe two hundred. Another matter how willing they are to help, but in places like #ubuntu they ought to be :)

Note that the channels can be on different servers - many Linux-related channels are on Freenode (, but there are other servers as well. If you can't find your help at one place, just launch another server and/or open some other channels, and try again. Freenode doesn't allow you to have private conversations (if I'm right) at least before you do some sort of registration (d'oh, they're making it difficult..), but that's one of the rare networks that force you do so - and if you take the time to register, you can have (instead of your own channels) private conversations, if you want so.

Typically Linux distributions have an IRC channel named after the distribution - #ubuntu, #slackware, #fedora, ... so try those out for a start. And the IRC client..well, if you like it grahpical, maybe XChat ( is a nice start, but if you're ok with console (which you ought to be if you want to run this remotely, which enables you to have the client up 24/7), then try Irssi out ( - takes a moment to learn to use it, but when you do, you probably don't want to switch anymore ;) Or then you do. Up to you.

chownuseradd 03-14-2008 08:07 AM

Thank you very very much for all your suggestions. You rock!

hasanatizaz 03-14-2008 06:14 PM

i m sure craigevil must be referring to #ubuntu since is the only opensource server where the free best support is available.

b0uncer 03-14-2008 06:29 PM

Not sure what craigdevil referred to, at least at the moment I don't see any irc server addresses.. (or then I'm up too late). Anyway I pointed to -- haven't been there for a while now, but I think both .org and .com servers exist, which leads me to think I have either never used the .com server or then I've done so by accident. Well, if you know .com server has "free best support", all right, but I wouldn't say myself it's the best out there - there's always somebody someplace else who knows better :)

The point is, if you use IRC you have several places to look for help. Very probably both and .com and the rest of the numerous servers (not freenode only) have channels and moreover people who can and even like to help other people out, with Linux questions or something else.

hasanatizaz 03-14-2008 06:44 PM

there's always somebody someplace else who knows better


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