[ubuntu-uk] UKTeam Meetings Minutes

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Tue Oct 31 07:21:40 GMT 2006

Martin Fitzpatrick wrote:
> Reply to Alan C here expanding on what Nik has already said...
> On 30/10/06, Nik Butler <nik at butlershouse.co.uk> wrote:
>> > Help. How do I get to begin to use IRC? I have been very much email
>> Okay im dropping in here to be both Considerate and Helpful if I can .
>> Install  XChat  ( it available in the Package lists )
> It's worth pointing out that Gaim (Ubuntu/Gnome) and Kopete
> (Kubuntu/KDE) can both log into IRC and may be more friendly for new
> users, if infuriatingly limiting for the more experienced.
> You can also add a IRC client as an extension in Firefox (search for
> IRC on Firefox extensions page) which will also allow Firefox to
> automatically open IRC URLs for you.
>> joining IRC is not to difficult since your going to need to know where
>> we are so you need to know two things , the Network is Freenode and the
>> channel onthat network is #ubuntu-uk
> If you need a full server name (I think gaim requires this) use
> irc.freenode.net which (should) automatically connect you to the
> nearest freenode server.  Most applications have lists of servers in
> them.
> Once you've connected you need to use the /join command to enter a
> channel.  Just type:
> /join #ubuntu-uk
> ...in the main window.  If you're doing this in Kopete (as I've just
> discovered) you need to add it as an automatic command on connect (on
> the 3rd tab)


>> Since im an experienced user i never documented the process and now that
>> I type it I find i make very many assumptions , however since your
>> totally new  to IRC would you mind making notes and taking screenshots
>> as you go and then we can talk about posting these on the wiki ?
> That's an interesting method for beginners guides.... "Here's roughly
> how to do something you don't know anything about, write us a guide
> once you've figured it out".  It sounds like I'm being sarcastic, but
> it might actually work...!  Best way to learn is to teach.

I have an empathy with real beginners anyway it seems, and will be
glad to try to get something together. One delaying factor just now -
I have gotten a (non pc type) virus which I am speaking sternly to.

> I could write up some guides for different clients if that would be
> beneficial?  Might be bigger in scope than the UK wiki pages.
> Martin

This sounds like a very good idea to me. It would be useful to have a
central reference location or link etc because dispersed information
is ok for experienced users but is very difficult for real beginners.
alan c

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