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There can be no single history of IRCnet, and any attempt to present one
is probably just something of an ego trip on the part of the writer. An
IRC network such as ours is made up of many individual groupings of
servers that tend to stay together no matter what network they are on
and the history the network may look very different to one group than
it does to another.
An example of this is the discrepancy of the first servers on IRCnet.
From my point of view, the first servers were Stealth and BT, followed
shortly by Japan and then later joined by Europe; however if you read a
history from the European perspective, you will read that they split away
from EFnet to form IRCnet and that Stealth/BT and Japan joined them.
There is no "correct" version of the history, since both are true accounts
but seen from different perspectives so what I have attempted to do is to
collect a number of accounts from different angles and leave any interested
reader to draw their own conclusions. Since I have collected and written
some of this history you can expect a bit of bias, but if you object
to this and you know what you are talking about then write your own
and send it to me and I will include it.
Michael Lawrie, 20010713.
The creation of IRCnet:
- IRCnet operators through the ages - Some of us have just been doing this for too long!
- Hopefully at some point we will get a more accurate contribution from Digital, Lorry, Kick, Outcaste, Yegg and Core.
Other IRCnet things of interest:
- Who are the original Operators?
- The transition of the EBIC to the BIC
Early IRC history:
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