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IRC turns 30

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) turns 30 years old. Born at Oulu University's Department of Computer Sciences in 1988, Jarkko Oikarinen developed one of the Internet's first real-time messaging services as a summer job side project. It has played a pivotal role in the birth of the Internet's chat culture. Today, 30 years after launch, IRC still has a devoted user base. Here's to wishing IRC another 30 years!

For those feeling nostalgic, the DareNET Archives contains a lot of historical IRC software and documentation -- including some of the very first releases of ircd.

Scheduled maintenance - 22 AUG 2018

Scheduled maintenance began at 2018-08-22 19:00 and ended at 2018-08-23 09:00 (all times are UTC).

  Date Time Description
  Aug 23, 2018 09:00 We've completed all scheduled maintenance.
  Aug 22, 2018 19:00 Scheduled maintenance has begun. This post will be updated once all scheduled work has been completed.
  Aug 20, 2018 14:00 Scheduled maintenance - network upgrades. Some users may experience brief periods of latency or packetloss on one or more occassions during this maintenance window.

Privacy Policy Improvements

This month, we're updating our Privacy Policy to make it easier for you to understand what information we collect, and why we collect it. Nothing is changing about your current settings or how your information is processed. Rather, we've improved the way we describe our practices and how we explain the options you have to update, manage, export and delete your data.

We've made these updates as new data protection regulations (GDPR) come into effect in the European Union, and have taken this opportunity to make improvements for DareNET users around the world.

The revised policy is available here and will take effect on May 25, 2018.

Scheduled Maintenance - 2 MAY 2018

Scheduled maintenance began at 2018-05-02 08:02 and ended at 2018-05-02 22:36 (all times are UTC).

  Date Time Description
  May 2, 2018 22:36 We've completed all scheduled maintenance. These updates were necessary to further mitigate CPU vulnerabilities (specifically Spectre) that were disclosed by Google's Project Zero team.
  May 2, 2018 08:02 We will be performing scheduled maintenance which will require server restarts. We will update this post once the work has been completed.

Scheduled Maintenance - 18 JAN thru 19 JAN 2018

Scheduled maintenance began at 2018-01-18 04:00 and ended at 2018-01-19 09:15 (all times are UTC).

  Date Time Description
  Jan 19, 2018 09:15 We've completed all scheduled maintenance. These updates were necessary to further mitigate CPU vulnerabilities (specifically Meltdown) that were disclosed by Google's Project Zero team.
  Jan 19, 2018 09:00 We've started maintenance. Account and channel services will be unavailable during this time.
  Jan 19, 2018 04:20 We've started another round of maintenance. Servers you are connected to may restart; although, you should be able to immediately reconnect. 
  Jan 18, 2018 09:15 We've completed all maintenance for the January 18, 2018 window.
  Jan 18, 2018 04:00 We've started maintenance for our January 18, 2018 window. You may see some restarts and netsplits. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  Jan 17, 2018 08:00 We will be performing maintenance on some of our IRC servers, including services.*, the machine that provides our account and channel services, starting January 18, 2018.