christel of the freenode network writes in a posting on the staffblog about the beginning of freenode, which started 15 years ago.
15 years ago, on January 29th 1994 Rob (lilo) Levin first joined the channel #linuxneo on the EFNet IRC network. This date has since been referred to as the conceptual moment, the foundation, the cornerstone which later led to the network you now know as freenode.
She continues to tell how freenode became a network of its own, which happened after the channel has been through several moves over various networks to finally become irc.linpeople.org in 1995 – and “a few name-changes later and we’re freenode.”
Freenode nowadays mostly consists of channels for the F/OSS community – “from the Wikimedia Foundation to various Linux distributions (Fedora, Gentoo, Redhat, Suse to name but a few) to the Free Software Foundation to .. the list goes on and on and on..“ and is currently peaking at “just over 52,000 daily users, spread across FOSS and other peer-directed communities.”
Closing the posting she writes:
So, to each and every one of you, to each and every project on the network, to Free and Open Source Software, to the exchange of ideas and information, to the memory of lilo — A very happy 15th birthday to freenode!
And to each and every user and to all the volunteers, past and present — thank you for making this possible!
Happy Birthday freenode from here too – may there be at least another 15 years to follow!