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I'd like to chat in some irc-channels hostet at freenode and i don't really know how. How do I create an account, how do I use it with Empathy?

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You do not need an account to chat on Freenode. Just add an IRC "account" on Empathy and enter a nick. To join a channel, go to Join Room.

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On 12.10 it seems like you need to install account-plugin-irc Install account-plugin-irc package to use IRC in Empathy. Perhaps this will solve the problem on earlier versions of Ubuntu (such as 12.04) as well.

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