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Updates - 2019

Happy New Year! To ring in the new year, we'll be performing several updates across the network. To get us started, we'll be migrating to yeti, our in-house snircd (ircu) fork which has been in the works for awhile. Unfortunately, this means mass restarts across the network, but we think it'll be worth it in the long run. To ensure you're able to reconnect immediately, we suggest always using irc.darenet.org.

Information on some of the notable changes between ircd-darenet2 and yeti can be found here.

A note regarding certificate fingerprints

The new ircd uses SHA-256 as its client certificate fingerprint generation algorithm. This means the old SHA1 certificate fingerprints will no longer work. You can add the new fingerprint to your account by authenticating with your password and using the /msg N ADDCERT command. From that point on, CertFP auth should continue to work as normal.

Happy New Year 2019

The new year is already here for some, and around the corner for others, and by now your social media timelines must be flooded with numerous posts wishing you a happy new year. So out with the old, in with the new. Happy New Year everyone! Do more of what makes you happy in 2019.

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.

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.