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I've always had a soft spot in my heart for IRC. The recent drama around Freenode has made me want to jump back on. I never did spend much time on Freenode. Always been on the Undernet.

@mike I'm still on both and even on some perl IRC server 😉

@mike Yeah. IRC has a special place in my heart too. Thinking of using it again after all these years.

@mike Happily, IRC is a very simple standard. Unfortunately, IRC is a very simple standard.

@mike I didn't know about undernet so I'm glad you mentioned it bc I'm about to get back into IRC too.

Are you thinking undernet and libera.chat are best ones now?

@TheRealClay I haven't put a lot of effort into research. I started on Undernet in 1994, and I've been there on and off since. I don't even know how it stacks up against other IRC servers. I just use it out of inertia. I think right now libera.chat is too new to have a lot going on, but I think it'll pick up quickly with the Freenode crowd. I expect it'll be a good destination in short order. I just saw that the Alpine community has moved over to OFTC, which I'm not familiar with.

@mike @TheRealClay OFTC is solid and has been around quite a while. They are owned by Software in the Public Interest (SPI), the same fiscal sponsor as Debian. (And Debian, among others like Tor Project, have their IRC channels on OFTC.)

@downey @mike Thanks guys. I was just reading the oftc.net site. I definitely have some software that's in the public interest, ...my own project Quanta. Then again all FOSS software is about giving freely to the public.

@TheRealClay @mike There's nothing wrong with freenode. So far, no one have been able to provide any proof that the guy who bought it have any malicious intent. Sure, he doesn't seem to be the most mature person, but what I've seen is that it's just a geek who grew up with IRC and ended up with more money than he knows what to do with.

@hund @mike Hopefully freenode will remain as popular as ever even with a mostly new team. The community of users is far more important than who the development teams is as long as the new team can keep things running smoothly.

@mike I've been on so many IRC servers hard to recall. Undernet is good just found not enough people for what I was looking for.

@mike I've never really left IRC. Still use it for some tech channels.

@mike I've been on freenode for about 15 years. I started out on DALnet back in the late 90s. :)

freenode is the most popular one and it seems like OFTC comes in on a second place. There's also EFnet and QuakeNet.

@hund I remember back in the 90s the big three were DALnet, Undernet, and EFnet. DALnet was pretty small at the time if I recall correctly. I was on Undernet because it felt like a good midway between DALnet and EFnet. I don't think I've ever been on QuakeNet.

@mike Okey. :) I think DALnet was more common here considering it's a Swedish server. Pretty much every Swedish kid with access to Internet back then was on DALnet and channels like (Sweden) and #<YourCity>.

@hund @mike so in 2021, what's the best way to go about IRC? Running weechat relay on a server and connecting to that?

Or just accept that you won't see what happened while you're offline? (which, on busy channels, might actually be a good thing)

@fedops @hund Personally, I have a "server" that I leave on all the time. I don't run the relay, but just never disconnect Weechat. I don't bother going back through the buffer or anything, but theoretically I suppose I could. I'm just too lazy.

@fedops @hund I suppose I should mention that I run it in a screen session, so when I'm not actively using it, I set myself Away and disconnect the screen. The server is pretty much always up, so I'm pretty much always connected.

@mike @hund right. I was thinking running the client on my vps in tmux and connecting to it via ssh from wherever.

@fedops

Thats is exactly how I use it, but on the login node of my university 😅. I connect to it via termux or ish when needed. Super easy and convenient.

@mike @hund

@mike @fedops This is what I do as well. I also run bitblee with XMPP. bitlbee doesn't support the MAM extension, which means it doesn't sync the history from when it was not running.

I have an old Raspberry Pi 2 with Alpine Linux for this. It's tiny, cheap, low energy. Alpine runs from the memory, so there's basically no read and write to the sdcard at all.

@mike I've always been on the fence of wether or not try IRC chats but same; the recent spotlight it had even though bad made me want to try it more than never to understand better.

@mike I believe we need to make more social media sites like irc (no registration needed)

@TheFreePenguin I think people find the registrations attractive because of the "verifyability" of those kinds of services. You can be at least a little sure that the person you're talking to is the same person you talked to last week with the same name. IRC (and by extension any service that doesn't require registration) kind of doesn't offer that assurance. It used to annoy the heck out of me when someone from my friends list would sign on, but then it wouldn't be them.

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