[Scheduled Maintenance] IRCD Upgrades

Hi all. It’s time again for an upgrade. In about 7 hours, at 05:00 UTC, we’ll be upgrading the servers to dancer-ircd v1.0.34. The upgrade process is likely to be fairly disruptive, as we are doing to be doing our best to get it done as quickly as possible. This time, we’re hoping to get the IPv6 servers upgraded at the same time, rather than holding that upgrade till later.

Your editor notes that this is a maintenance release, so in theory it should consist entirely of minor changes and bugfixes; but until dancer 1.1 (with its automated testing framework) is in place, upgrades are always going to be a bit nervous-making. Whenever we upgrade the network, there’s a possibility that new problems will be uncovered, requiring further upgrades. Bear with us, and help us if you can by staying with the network during the process and giving the new code a good thumping to make sure it’s okay. :)

Excerpts from the NEWS file follow:

Various bug fixes. Highlights include:

  Bans of the form *!*@!* are now corrected properly, rather
  than placing a confusing ban on remote servers.

  Kill reasons work again

  Bans are no longer broadcast to channel members while being
  synchronised on burst. This could potentially hide an
  unexpected ban, but the amount of data makes the broadcast
  largely useless anyway.

  Remove cmode +F. Forwarding finally appears safe for general
  use.

Thanks for your patience and understanding, and thank you for using freenode!

Happy Birthday freenode!

It’s freenode‘s birthday party. Please come celebrate with us.

In early August, 1994, a small IRC support channel called #linuxneo, on the EFNet IRC network, began to see activity. The channel grew, and in a few days its name was changed to #linpeople. The channel eventually moved to Undernet, then DALnet, and in late 1995 it became its own IRC network, irc.linpeople.org. By early 1998, its focus began to broaden, from GNU/Linux to free software in general, and it became irc.openprojects.net. In August, 2002, the network changed its name to irc.freenode.net as it became the first project of a new nonprofit [(not-for-profit) –Ed.] entity, Peer-Directed Projects Center.

Today, freenode peaks at over 15,000 users, and we’re home to coordination channels for such projects as Debian GNU/Linux, fedora, Gentoo, KDE and subversion. We’re the official IRC network of the Free Software Foundation’s GNU project; we provide support channels for FreeBSD, GNU/Linux and a variety of free software applications. But the real conceptual moment when the network was born was early in 1994, on 29 January at 01:49 UTC, when I first joined the channel #linuxneo.

So, happy birthday to us! Ten years later to the minute, on 29 January 2004 at 01:49 UTC, the birthday party will begin in channel #linuxneo on irc.freenode.net. It’ll last all day. Grab an IRC client, get a little help setting it up, and come join us on freenode!