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/join #gnewsense to join our English general usage channel, or
/join #gnewsense-** for your-language-here (where ** represents the two-letter language code as listed here).
To register the channel, type;
/msg chanserv register #channel <a password here> (remembering to change <a password here> for something that people won't guess, and save the password in a safe place).
Now you have the password set and the channel registered, invite chanserv in to look after it when your away:
/msg chanserv set #channel guard on
Add Freenode staff and gNewSense cloaked users to the operators list:
/msg chanserv access #gnewsense-** add *!*@freenode/staff/* /msg chanserv access #gnewsense-** add *!*@gnewsense/friend/*
(As before, ** is your languages two letter code).
If you wish to have a bot ask gouki (find him in #gnewsense) to add gobot to your channel.
And your ready to go!
Announce on the main gNewSense mailing list, and in the #gnewsense IRC channel.