Garion, one of the two OpenChanfix coders, said in a reaction to IRC-Junkie: “This is not a replacement, but a test to see whether OCF is really ready for production. Of course we have tested it extensively, but it is extremely difficult to create a good test environment which is a perfect copy of EFnet. That’s why we’ve decided to test it on EFnet itself.”
After the two week test period the original service will replace the OpenChanfix service again. “What will happen after that cannot be said yet of course. OCF can turn out to be a disaster, or it can be so good that admins decide to vote on using it instead of (or in conjunction with) the current chanfix code. Therefore any changes afterwards will only occur if EFnet admins vote for the changes”, Garion continues.
Garion does not expect much difference in the meanwhile for any users using the service. “The OpenChanfix service tries to behave as similar to the original chanfix as possible. This, and the fact that we’ll be using the nick CHANFIX2, will hopefully make sure not too much confusion occurs among EFnet users”, Garion ends.
Update: The “old” Chanfix is also opensource these days.