...i hope i am in the right place to post this...
today i've tried to use DC-Chat feature, was unsuccessful, Browser (https) always close the chat window.
So i've tried installing IRC Client (nettalk i've picked), entered "freenode.net" as server on port "6667".
Tried with and without UTF-8 encoding, but cannot build up a connection to server "freenode.net".
So my question, is that server running at all and does your channel still exist?