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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 is the site for terminal/console

/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