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- ======Welcome to EPIC!====== EPIC is a IRC client that has been under active development for 20+ years in 5 generations. It is stable and mature, and offers an excellent ircII interface for those of us who are accustomed to the ircII way of doing things. ---- +======Welcome to EPIC!====== ​ 
- ​======How to get EPIC====== ===Git==== EPIC is distributed as source code, and is very portable. ​ It should compile on any unix-like environment using any compiler. ​ Just clone it and run '​./​configure'​ and 'make install'​! ​ To get EPIC5: ​    git clone http://​git.epicsol.org/​epic5.git ​ To get EPIC4: ​    git clone http://​git.epicsol.org/​epic4.git ​ ====Source Releases==== Proper EPIC releases are distributed as tarballs: ​   * http://​ftp.epicsol.org/​pub/​epic/​EPIC5-PRODUCTION/​epic5-2.0.1.tar.xz ​  * http://​ftp.epicsol.org/​pub/​epic/​EPIC4-PRODUCTION/​epic4-2.10.6.tar.gz ​ ====Binary Packages==== Many OS distributions include an EPIC binary package. ​ It will probably be called "​epic5"​ or "​epic" ​ =====Script Packs (or, How do I know if I need EPIC4 or EPIC5?​)===== EPIC's out of the box experience is pretty austere, trying to be a lot like ircII was in 1993.  That doesn'​t work for most people, so there are a variety of "​Script Packs" which use EPIC's programming power to create a sophisticated user experience. ​ Each Script Pack works on either EPIC4 or EPIC5, and you can either choose EPIC4 or EPIC5 and then try all the script packs that support it; or you can look at all the script packs, and use whichever EPIC it supports.  ​----  ​======Using EPIC====== To start up EPIC, provide it a nickname and a server you want to connect to     epic5 mynick irc.server.com EPIC will connect to "​irc.server.com"​ as "​mynick"​. ​ If "​mynick"​ is already in use, EPIC will find another nickname for you to use.  There are a lot of command line options and variations so you can visit [[command line options]] for more details. ​ You can also see that list by running ​      epic5 -h   ​=====Are you having problems with output on EPIC5?​====== EPIC5-1.1.8 and later support UTF-8, which is harder to get working than you might think. ​ Please visit the page [[Getting utf-8 working]] if you're having any problems typing or seeing things correctly. ​ =====Some FAQs===== ====What is IRC?==== IRC is the internet'​s oldest real-time multi-user chat system. ​ You connect to an IRC Server, which is part of an IRC Network, and join Channels. ​ You can talk to the other users who have joined the same channel on the same network. ​ Because there are many IRC Networks, you will want a client that easily connects to and manages multiple networks for you.   The IRC platform is completely open in every way.  It was not created by a company, and there are no patents or other license issues. ​ It is published as RFC1459, and there are many IRC server implementations of it, all of which are compatable with EPIC (or any other IRC client). ​ There are literally thousands of servers and hundreds of networks for you to connect to and talk to people on.  =====Why does EPIC exist?===== EPIC exists because we want irc to be fun!  You can always find a "​better"​ irc client, for some value of "​better",​ but you probably won't find one that lets you have more fun exploring your geeky tendencies. ​ =====Who uses EPIC?===== The scripters who are creating irc experiences,​ and the users who enjoy those experiences. ​ You don't really use EPIC as much as you are using an EPIC Script. If you have problems using EPIC, contact the author of the script you are  using. ​ =====Help with EPIC===== EPIC comes with [[help_root|help pages]], which you can help us maintain! ​ =====Programming EPIC===== EPIC comes with a mature, stable programming language which behaves a lot like TCL.  Visit [[epic_scripting]] to get started with the adventure! ​+EPIC is a IRC client that has been under active development for 20+ years in 5 generations. It is stable and mature, and offers an excellent ircII interface for those of us who are accustomed to the ircII way of doing things. ---- 
 + 
 +======How to get EPIC====== ​ 
 +===Git==== ​ 
 +EPIC is distributed as source code, and is very portable. ​ It should compile on any unix-like environment using any compiler. ​ Just clone it and run '​./​configure'​ and 'make install'​!  ​ 
 + 
 +To get EPIC5: ​     
 +git clone http://​git.epicsol.org/​epic5.git  ​ 
 + 
 +To get EPIC4: ​     
 +git clone http://​git.epicsol.org/​epic4.git  ​ 
 + 
 +====Source Releases==== ​ 
 +Proper EPIC releases are distributed as tarballs: 
 +   * http://​ftp.epicsol.org/​pub/​epic/​EPIC5-PRODUCTION/​epic5-2.0.1.tar.xz 
 +   * http://​ftp.epicsol.org/​pub/​epic/​EPIC4-PRODUCTION/​epic4-2.10.6.tar.gz  ​ 
 + 
 +====Binary Packages==== ​ 
 +Many OS distributions include an EPIC binary package. ​ It will probably be called "​epic5"​ or "​epic"  ​ 
 + 
 +=====Script Packs (or, How do I know if I need EPIC4 or EPIC5?​)===== ​ 
 +EPIC's out of the box experience is pretty austere, trying to be a lot like ircII was in 1993.  That doesn'​t work for most people, so there are a variety of "​Script Packs" which use EPIC's programming power to create a sophisticated user experience. ​ Each Script Pack works on either EPIC4 or EPIC5, and you can either choose EPIC4 or EPIC5 and then try all the script packs that support it; or you can look at all the script packs, and use whichever EPIC it supports.  ​ 
 + 
 +======Using EPIC====== ​ 
 +To start up EPIC, provide it a nickname and a server you want to connect to 
 +     epic5 mynick irc.server.com ​ 
 +EPIC will connect to "​irc.server.com"​ as "​mynick"​. ​ If "​mynick"​ is already in use, EPIC will find another nickname for you to use.  ​ 
 + 
 +There are a lot of command line options and variations so you can visit [[command line options]] for more details. ​ You can also see that list by running 
 +       epic5 -h    
 + 
 +=====Are you having problems with output on EPIC5?​====== ​ 
 +EPIC5-1.1.8 and later support UTF-8, which is harder to get working than you might think. ​ Please visit the page [[Getting utf-8 working]] if you're having any problems typing or seeing things correctly.  ​ 
 + 
 +=====Some FAQs===== ​ 
 +====What is IRC?​==== ​ 
 +IRC is the internet'​s oldest real-time multi-user chat system. ​ You connect to an IRC Server, which is part of an IRC Network, and join Channels. ​ You can talk to the other users who have joined the same channel on the same network. ​ Because there are many IRC Networks, you will want a client that easily connects to and manages multiple networks for you.   The IRC platform is completely open in every way.  It was not created by a company, and there are no patents or other license issues. ​ It is published as RFC1459, and there are many IRC server implementations of it, all of which are compatable with EPIC (or any other IRC client). ​ There are literally thousands of servers and hundreds of networks for you to connect to and talk to people on.  ​ 
 + 
 +=====Why does EPIC exist?​===== ​ 
 +EPIC exists because we want irc to be fun!  You can always find a "​better"​ irc client, for some value of "​better",​ but you probably won't find one that lets you have more fun exploring your geeky tendencies.  ​ 
 + 
 +=====Who uses EPIC?​===== ​ 
 +The scripters who are creating irc experiences,​ and the users who enjoy those experiences. ​ You don't really use EPIC as much as you are using an EPIC Script. If you have problems using EPIC, contact the author of the script you are  using.  ​ 
 + 
 +=====Help with EPIC===== ​ 
 +EPIC comes with [[help_root|help pages]], which you can help us maintain!  ​ 
 + 
 +=====Programming EPIC===== ​ 
 +EPIC comes with a mature, stable programming language which behaves a lot like TCL.  Visit [[epic_scripting]] to get started with the adventure! ​ 
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