SUWS uses Internet Relay Chat (IRC) as one of its main mechanisms for communicating with each other outside of meetings and other events.
SUWS has two IRC channels
- #g3kmi on irc.ecs.soton.ac.uk. for Amateur Radio
- #sown on irc.ecs.soton.ac.uk. for SOWN and wireless networking
There's usually somebody around at most times during the day to talk to in both of these channels.
Emergency Backup IRC Server
There are numerous IRC clients available. Below are some of the clients used by members of SUWS. If none of these suit, irc client - Google Search may be able to find you something better.
- Irssi is a powerful shell text based client that can be run in Screen (so you never miss a minute of conversation!)
- Mac OS:
- Colloquy is an open source GUI client for Mac OS X.
- Cross Platform
- ChatZilla! is a good extension to XUL based applications, such as FireFox
- XChat is a GUI client that can be run on Linux, Windows (for a fee) and Mac OSX as well.
- Pidgin is a universal chat client that supports IRC on Windows and Linux platforms
- Mibbit is a web-based client
- Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework.