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