UnrealIRCd 5 is here!
Today, Friday the 13th of December 2019, we are releasing UnrealIRCd 5.0.0. After more than 6 months of hard work, UnrealIRCd 5 is now our new “stable” branch. In particular I would like to thank Gottem and ‘i’ for their source code contributions and PeGaSuS and westor for testing releases.
When we transitioned from 3.2.x to 4.0.0 there were 175,000 lines of source code added/removed during 3 years of development. This time it was 120,000 lines in only 6 months, a major effort!
This month (May 2019) UnrealIRCd celebrates its 20th birthday. I’m involved with the project for 18 years now. I feel dedicated to the project and feel a responsibility to IRC as a whole. Still, I think the people who really deserve a thanks are the people who support the project by running IRC servers, providing feedback, helping others and of course everyone who uses IRC today. Without you, there would be no UnrealIRCd!
IRC was born during summer 1988 when Jarkko “WiZ” Oikarinen wrote the first IRC client and server at the University of Oulu, Finland (where he was working at the Department of Information Processing Science).
Jarkko intended to extend the BBS software he administrated at tolsun.oulu.fi, to allow news the usenet style, real time discussions and similar BBS features. The first part he implemented was the chat part, which he did with borrowed parts written by his friends Jyrki Kuoppala and Jukka Pihl. It was initially tested on a single machine, and according to the words from Jarkko himself “The birthday of IRC was in August 1988. The exact date is unknown, at the end of the month anyways.”. The first IRC server was named tolsun.oulu.fi.