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KVIrc recommends updates for freenode users

The KVIrc team has issued an update of their IRC client although it’s technically still at RC2.

The update is recommended for all users of the freenode IRC network that experience problems with “Excess Flood” disconnects from the network, mostly due to autojoining a large number of channels where the client automatically issues a series of commands (/WHO, gets channelmodes and lists of bans as well as ban and invite exemptions) – neither of those events have been rate-limited in the past.

Also, users of the psyBNC and ZNC bouncers (possibly others too) that experienced a bug with the client – searching for CAPABILITIES would hang the connection – can look forward to a fix for that in the new snapshots.

If you want to use a version from their SVN repository, you’re urged to use at least revision 3940 if you’re experiencing said “Excess Floods” and if you want to use features like quiet bans and authentication via SASL (which have been introduced lately on freenode) you should install at least revision 3959.

To retrieve KVIrc from SVN use this command:

svn co https://svn.kvirc.de/svn/trunk/kvirc

To get an already compiled version, take a look at their snapshot directories for your OS on their FTP.

freenode migration to ircd-seven successfully completed

Just as announced, the migration away from the aged hyperion IRCd to the new ircd-seven started at 7:30am UTC – here’s a short summary of the events:

5 minutes early, christel of freenode staff announced via Global that she’s preparing the move:

-christel- [Global Notice] Good morning all! As you are aware we’re about to start the migration over to ircd-seven shortly, I am about to take a snapshot of the services database and copy across topics and channelmodes (bans, invexes etc). This means that any changes you make to channel modes or services after this point (on hyperion) will be lost. We’ll be a bit noisy as the migration goes on and will global to keep you updated. Thanks for your patience

Shortly after that she announced that a few servers will not immediately return into the main round-robin because they need upgrades:

-christel- [Server Notice] Hi, for users on calvino we would encourage you to make sure that your client is set to reconnect to main rotation (chat.freenode.net) as this server will not be immediately available after migration. Thank you!

-christel- [Global Notice] Hi all, services and channel states have now been migrated over to the new production network. We’re migrating utility bots/pseudoservers as we speak and we’re nearly ready for users. Users connected to calvino, crichton, kubrick, leguin and verne may wish to make sure they are re-connecting to chat.freenode.net as these servers will not be immediately linked on newnet as they are pending upgrades first. Thank you!

Just little over an hour later, christel posted an update via Global, declaring the switchover complete:

-christel- [Global Notice] Hi all, The migration is complete! newnet is up and running and you may now manually connect to irc.freenode.net, ports stay the same, however SSL listens on ports 7000 and 7070 if you wish to connect via SSL. We’ll be taking down hyperion servers momentarily and we shall see you on the other side! Thank you!

-christel- [Global Notice] The migration is complete and went smoothly, thank you for your patience while we transferred state from hyperion to seven, thank you to seven and charybdis developers for making ircd-seven happen and than you to freenodes infrastructure team for all getting dug in! Website FAQ is updated, as is our blog. You may wish to familiarise yourself with changes. Thanks!

The loophole that allowed users of the Firefox webbrowser to connect to the network via Javascript and spam channels has been fixed and a feature to block channel-wide CTCPs has been implemented in the new IRCd which is a major improvement and should keep the spammers at bay.

Another much-anticipated feature of the new IRCd is client- and server-side SSL which is now available on ports 7000 and 7070 network-wide. A possibly not complete list of new features and changes the new IRCd introduces can be found here, here and here.

Congratulations to the freenode staff team for the smooth migration!

freenodes ircd-seven is in the final testing stage

ircd-seven, the IRCd that is going to replace the aged hyperion IRCd currently in use on freenode, is in the final stages of testing.

After being in the public testing phase for over one year, it seems it is finally ready to go into production use on the network.

In an announcement, freenode staff write that after “extensive testing by users and staff, we are now preparing for the switch-over which is taking place at the end of this month” and that they’d like to thank “those of you who have helped test, those who have botted the testnet and in particular those who have helped us find and iron out bugs”.

Those who make use of bots on freenode are advised to “take these last couple of weeks to make sure that they work with the new ircd, so as to not experience disappointment on switch-over for the production network”.

Closing the announcement they write that if “all going well, the switch-over is scheduled for Saturday January 30th 2010″.

GameSurge celebrates 6th birthday

GameSurge, a network that is mainly catering to gamers, is celebrating its 6th birthday on the 3rd of February.

In the announcement on their homepage they write that they are “pleased to announce that on February 3, 2010, we will be celebrating our 6th birthday” and that the “continuous success of this network is all in part due to you, our loyal user base. To show our deep appreciation for your support, we will be giving away numerous prizes to lucky, random users on Friday, February 5, 2010 6PM Pacific time.”

To take part in the drawing you “MUST be at least 14 years of age and MUST be in #gamesurge on the day and time of the draw. If you are selected, you will be required to provide proof of age” so prepare to show some sort of ID if you win.

Happy 6th birthday GameSurge – all the best from IRC-Junkie :)

IRCtoo has "Open Link Month"

IRCtoo, a network founded on 1st of April 2001, now has an “Open Link Month” in January.

Network founder driz explains what this means: “Basically, we’re allowing hub admins to hand out C/N lines to anyone at their discretion” and the only requirements to receive those are “that the servers run our modified version of Bahamut IRCD, a Blitzed Open Proxy Monitor (both available at http://www.irctoo.net/release/), and time synchronization such as NTPD”

IRCtoos currently has servers in the U.S., Canada and Israel and is looking for links from all over the world – provided the server has decent specs.

The modifications they’ve included in their IRCd, amongst others, are client-side SSL and a network-wide spamfilter.

So, if you have some resources to donate to a network, give it a try.