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NOTE: a lot of people think that you can get on IRC and talk to people right away. That only works if people are in the channel you want at that very moment, and paying attention to that screen on their computer.
The reality is that most conversations in IRC happen over hours or days, so the only way to fully experience a channel such as #sudoroom is to find a way to stay logged into IRC continuously. If you have a desktop computer that stays powered on and connected to the internet, this is easy. Otherwise, you need to connect to a computer that stays on (such as a server) and leave an IRC session running there, using "screen" or "tmux" as described below.
If you log into IRC and say Hello and nobody gets back you to you for an hour, that is totally normal. If you log out five minutes after asking a question, people will make fun of you an hour later when they look at their IRC sessions.
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is an instant messaging service that has been used on the internet since the early 1990s. IRC is made possible by the [ Internet Relay Chat Protocol (IRCP)], an application layer protocol. The chat process works on a client/server networking model. IRC clients are computer programs that a user can install on their system. These clients communicate with chat servers to transfer messages to other clients. IRC is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-on-one communication via private messages as well as chat and data transfer, including file sharing.

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