Do you need an IRC client inside your Firefox? Dislike to install any IRC client such as Quassel? Instead, you can use Chatzilla add-on in Firefox. You can also use Webchat service from freenode.net. I show you how to install and use Chatzilla. In the end, I show you how to use Freenode Webchat to chat in freenode. I use channel #ubuntu-indonesia @ freenode as example.
|Chatzilla on Firefox in Ubuntu 15.04|
- Open Firefox.
- Enter Add-ons Configuration from menu Tools > Add-ons (Ctrl+Alt+A).
- Search for chatzilla.
- Click Install button.
- Restart Firefox.
- Open Chatzilla from menu Tools > Chatzilla. This will open a new window.
- Firstly, change you username. Click bottom-left button > click change nickname > type your nickname.
- Secondly, join a server and channel. Still in Chatzilla window. Open menu IRC > Join Channel (Ctrl+J). Select freenode from server options and type #ubuntu-indonesia in channel text box. Then press Join button.
Where Is The Join Channel Menu Joining Server and Channel
- Thirdly, wait until you see the channel. If you see left panel with user list and large right panel with chat text, then it means you are logged in.
Note: most Linux distributions and open source projects have channels in freenode. You can say #ubuntu, #kde, #gnu, #bash, #qt, #inkscape, and so on. Just join any channel you want. #ubuntu-indonesia is a most popular IRC channel for Linux in Indonesia.
Webchat is actually a simple "website". It is just like "Facebook". Once you log in, you can enter all IRC channels available. Many IRC servers provide webchat service. I give you example how to use Freenode Webchat to enter #ubuntu-indonesia here. So you can enter any other IRC channel inside Freenode server.
- Open http://webchat.freenode.net.
- Enter your nickname.
- Enter the channel name. In my example, #ubuntu-indonesia.
- Enter the captcha text.
- Click Connect button.
Note: Freenode is not the only one server that has webchat facility. Quakenet has webchat too in https://webchat.quakenet.org, DALnet in https://www.dal.net, Undernet in http://www.undernet.org/webchat.php (although it is technically different), and so on.