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Announcement: Developer chat switches to IRC as of the next Sprint [message #575647] Thu, 19 February 2009 14:19
Oliver Wolf is currently offline Oliver WolfFriend
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Hi everyone,

as most of you probably know we¹ve been doing our daily developer chats on a
Skype public chat group for the last few months which proved to be quite
useful for synchronizing our efforts accross multiple locations and making
our progress transparent to the community.

From the next spring on, i.e. starting on March 9th, we¹ll open a new
chapter and switch to IRC. There are a number of good reasons for this:

1. Open standard: IRC is based on an internet standard protocol, Skype is
2. Automation: IRC can be easily automated using bots, e.g. for
automatically sending out the daily logs.
3. Platform independence: IRC clients are available for virtually any
platform, Skype clients aren¹t.
4. General acceptance: IRC is generally the more popular choice for open
source projects.

For everyone who¹s already on IRC it¹s easy: Just point your IRC client to and join the channel #eclipse-swordfish-dev.

For everyone who hasn¹t used IRC before, here¹s what to do:

1. Grab a decent IRC client of your choice. For Mac, I recommend Colloquy,
but your mileage may vary.

2. Connect to, port 6667, and choose a Nickname of your
liking. If the one you¹ve chosen is already taken, choose something else.

3. Once you¹re connected, register your chosen Nickname with the Nickserver.
In order to do so, issue the following command:
/msg NickServ register <password> <your@email.address>

4. Check your email inbox for an registration email and follow the
instructions given herein.

5. Now you can join the channel by typing
/join #eclipse-swordfish-dev

Looking forward to seeing you all on IRC soon!



Oliver Wolf
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