EFNet’s global voting body has voted to switch its Chanfix reopping service to the opensource OpenChanfix.
“EFnet has traditionally been a network of multiple implementations”, OpenChanfix coder Garion explains to IRC-Junkie. ” We are running several compatible ircd versions, and that seems to do well. When it turned out that the maintainers of the current chanfix didn’t have the time to fix bugs and add features, Beige and I decided to write our own chanfix. Apparently the EFnet admins prefer this implementation over the current chanfix, because they voted to use OCF from now on.”
One of the big benefits of OpenChanfix is that each server admin is able to add/modify his own opers in OpenChanfix, instead of having to rely on a “god”-user.
“Another advantage is that OpenChanfix is a bit more picky about who to give ops when reversing a channel takeover, thus making it more likely that the channel is returned to its “rightful” owners instead of ending up in the possession of the takeover people again”, Garion explained.
The OpenChanfix team recently has been expanded with Alan “alz” Milford, who has been helping to port OpenChanfix to ircd-ratbox, as the service is more stable on that ircd instead of running on ircd-hybrid.
Together with the vote for the service, also a new services team have been voted for; Garion from the OpenChanfix development team, Hardy to represent the Canadian EFNet portion, Mofo for the European portion and finally Entropy for the U.S.A..