[Linux-aus] Re: IRC Network for Linux Australia

Robert Stoffers rstoffers at gmail.com
Tue Jun 27 17:03:04 UTC 2006

On Tuesday 27 June 2006 08:04, Matthew Palmer wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 26, 2006 at 09:20:50PM +1000, James Purser wrote:
> > For those of you who may not know, we have been operating an IRC channel
> > on the Freenode network for Linux Australia. Given the recent issues
> > freenode has been experiencing (cracks and such) as well as the fact
> > that Linux Australia actually runs a node on the OFTC IRC network (a
> > fact only rediscovered a few months back) it has been suggested that we
> > move the channel to OFTC.
> >
> > I would like to hear comments before we make a decision, do you feel
> > that we should stick with Freenode? Or should we follow projects such as
> > Debian and move to OFTC?any staff around
> Bad reasons to switch:
> * Because Debian did it (I'm still not 100% sure why Debian moved; there
> was a lot of "we should move because of reason X", but I don't recall any
> final "we're moving because of reason X");

I'd also like to add that a much larger chunk of the IRC using open source 
community use Freenode, as at 18:24 27/06/2006:
  Freenode: Current global users: 24581  Max: 29296
         OFTC: Current global users: 3810  Max: 4251

> * Because FreeNode got hacked (OFTC could be done tomorrow, especially
> 	considering the lack of knowledge about how FreeNode got done).

Freenode is a much larger target then what OFTC is, the network is actually 
pretty secure considering the number of attempted attacks Freenode receives 
on a regular basis. Its true that Freenode has had a little bad press as of 
late, but I urge Linux Australia and everyone else not to jump to conclusions 
too easily based on this. 


Robert Stoffers
Member, Ubuntu Linux - http://www.ubuntu.com
Staff, Freenode IRC Network - http://www.freenode.net

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