links
 

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Jellyware Ubuntu linux.  Linux for Human Beings  

shadow puppetry 

john howard

beached whale

warez bb

using irc

ctrl+alt+F2 will get you to a console, ctrl+alt+F7 will go back to gnome. log in like you normally do. press ctrl+d to logout.

*OR* applications>accessories>terminal

http://linuxcommand.org/ is the site for terminal/console

irssi
/connect irc.freenode.net
/nick jellyware
/msg nickserv identify <password>

then to join a channel
/join #gnewsense

or to msg someone
/msg Davo_Dinkum hello
also /help will provide help
Alt+1 changes windows. alt+1, alt+2, etc

/quit