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Freenode, stylized as freenode and formerly known as Open Projects Network, is an IRC network which was previously used to discuss peer-directed projects.[1] Their servers are accessible from the hostname, which load balances connections by using round-robin DNS.[2][3]

Quick facts: Founded, Geographic location, Website URL, Pr...
Founded1995; 28 years ago (1995)
1998; 25 years ago (1998)
Geographic location
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Australia
(as of 2015)
Primary DNSirc://
Content/subjectPublic / unrestricted [citation needed]

On 19 May 2021, Freenode underwent what some staff described as a "hostile takeover"[4] and at least 14 volunteer staff members resigned.[5] Following the events, various organisations using Freenode – including Arch Linux, CentOS, FreeBSD, Free Software Foundation Europe, Gentoo Linux, KDE, LineageOS, Slackware, Ubuntu, and the Wikimedia Foundation – moved their channels to Libera Chat, a network created by former Freenode staff.[6][7][8] Others like Haiku or Alpine Linux moved to the Open and Free Technology Community (OFTC).[9][10] As of 16 August 2021, over a thousand projects have left Freenode.[11]