UnrealIRCd 20 years: a look at the past and the future (U5) by Syzop

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!

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History of IRC (Internet Relay Chat)

The Beginning

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.

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Welcome New Links

We have to welcome to SpiderChat IRC Network’s family three new links that adding recenty to hub successfully. All links use SSL port +6697.

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