[conspire] End of Freenode IRC network as we know it; vive Libera.Chat

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed May 19 19:22:55 PDT 2021

Date: Wed, 19 May 2021 19:16:20 -0700
From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
To: devuan-dev at lists.dyne.org
Subject: [devuan-dev] LiberaChat (was: Freenode)

Quoting Martin Steigerwald (martin at lichtvoll.de):

> Is it time to move devuan channels to libera.chat?

It's a spelling change!

1996:  NCSA HTTPd is now spelled "Apache HTTPd"
1997:  gcc is now spelled "egcs" (which then got called gcc, again)
1991:  GNU libc forked as Linux libc, and then, 1998: Linux libc is now
       spelled "GNU libc" again.
2003:  XFree86 is now spelled "X.org"
2002:  Open Projects Network is now spelled "Freenode"
2006:  Kanotix's leading edge is now spelled "Sidux"
2010:  Sidux is now spelled "Aptosid"[1]
2012:  OpenOffice[.org} is now spelled "LibreOffice"
2014:  Solaris is now spelled "Illumos"
2021:  Freenode is now spelled "LiberaChat"

See?  It's all about spelling reform.

It appears that Mr. Lee's corporate entity "freenode Limited" has,
at least for now, Registrant status for three Internet domains,
freenode.net/org/com.  Mr. Lee appears to have no other assets relevant
to what until now was called Freenode and, probably by the end of Thursday,
his time, his three Internet domains will point to no Internet
infrastructure, as it will all disaffiliate and reconstitute itself as
"LiberaChat" -- as is happening in real time as I write this.

[1] This sound familiar?  "A press release dated September 11 came to
the community's attention Monday, September 13 of the renaming or, as
some reported, a fork of sidux to aptosid. Due to conflicts with the
commercial backer of the Debian-based distribution, sidux developers
have separated themselves from the Sidux e.V. association to continue
developing aptosid on their own."

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