How to setup Pidgin
This guide assumes that you already use Pidgin for instant messaging.
From the main pidgin window,
Click the "Accounts" drop down menu and choose "Manage Accounts"
The "Accounts dialog should popup, from there, choose "Add",
Now choose "IRC" as the protocol,
Your nickname in the username field
"irc.quickfox.net" in the server field
A password if you have one with NickServ.
Remember password if you want Pidgin to remember the password for you.
Then choose, Add.
After a moment, Pidgin should have connected to IRC and show you as "Online",
To join a IRC channel - Click "Buddies", "Join A Chat".
A window should popup,
ensure that your IRC account connection is selected in "Account:" and type in the name of the channel, in our example, we use "#help".
You should connect to the network as shown below.
You should now be chatting on the mentioned channel!