[Scheduled Maintenance] IRCD upgrade.

In order to upgrade our ircd code to fix various bugs and security issues, it has become necessary to restart a large portion of freenode network.

This morning, between 6:00 and 7:00AM UTC, we will be restarting numerous servers, including our network hubs. Approximately 35% of the network will be disconnected and the rest will notice significant fragmentation. We have planned the upgrades well in advance and with hope, the affected servers will only be down for a few minutes, at which point the network will return to normal operation.

We have already sent notices to users on the affected servers (i.e., those that will shunt clients). A list is also below. You may find which server you’re on by a WHOIS command on yourself (i.e., /whois nick)

  • adams.freenode.net
  • asimov.freenode.net
  • lem.freenode.net
  • leguin.freenode.net
  • niven.freenode.net
  • orwell.freenode.net
  • sterling.freenode.net
  • zelazny.freenode.net

Additionally, servers used for tor connections will shunt users.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for using freenode. Further questions can be directed to [email protected]

[Downtime] Unexpected downtime.

We would like to apologise to those of our users affected by the network downtime earlier tooday, November 2nd 2006. The network went down unexpectedly after one of our staffers accidentally found a bug in the IRCD code.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to suggest that you keep your eyes on this webpage as we will shortly be announcing some exciting changes and bringing you some great news!
Thank you for using freenode and have a great day.

Questions can as always be directed to [email protected], or feel free to /msg christel or LoRez on IRC.

[Scheduled Maintenance] European Rehubbing

We’ll be rehubbing our European servers at about 6am UTC tomorrow, in about 9 hours (11pm US/Pacific, 8am Europe/Paris, 4pm Australia/Sydney). We’re returning our normal hubbing, which was modified several days ago due to backbone connectivity problems between our US and Europe hubs. This correction should reduce transatlantic latencies.

Thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding, and thank you for using freenode. Have a great night!