IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is an online chat protocol that has existed since 1988.
IRC is a network of large chat rooms. Each room lets members of a community talk with each other from all corners of the world.
Those new to IRC may have used a web chat interface. Many users have an IRC client to connect to their favorite IRC networks and channels. After a while, you may notice some groups of users seem to always be in the channel, each time you connect. Are they really sitting in front of their computers with their IRC clients all day?
The simple answer to that is usually no.
Many avid IRC users use an IRC bouncer, a proxy service that remains persistently connected to your preferred IRC networks and channels. Instead of connecting directly to an IRC network such as irc.example.com, you connect to a machine like bouncer.mysite.com which runs the bouncer software. The bouncer, in turn, is connected to the IRC network. When you log into your bouncer, it shows messages in your channels you may have missed while offline, as well as private messages from other users.
What is ZNC?
ZNC is a bouncer application that provides this awesome set of features. ZNC is readily available in the Fedora software repositories for you to install wherever you like. Fortunately, using ZNC is quick and easy. In little time, you too can have your own ZNC bouncer up and running. You’ll never have to leave an IRC channel again!
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