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IRCNow: Of the users, by the users, for the users

Hosted by Aaron Lin

Join us to build a network run and controlled by the users themselves. We will work through guides to show users how to run their own chat server, mail server, name server, web server, reverse proxy, VPN, and more. We welcome people with no prior experience!

Our long-term goal is to create a free network with a constitution and digital bill of rights (https://wiki.ircnow.org/?n=Freedom.Freedom).

For the workshop, we would take the user on a quick tour of the Unix command line, followed with a sysadmin course: https://wiki.ircnow.org/?n=Minutemin.Bootcamp . We provide both shell accounts and virtual private servers for users to log in and work on. Our network is based heavily on OpenBSD, but we will be opening up to allow any free operating system to join the network (currently there are plans for GNU/Linux and Plan 9).

Our network is currently centered mostly around IRC, but we have added XMPP support and will try to add Matrix soon. We welcome novices of any level.


I was not professionally trained to work in IT. I graduated from UC Irvine in 2010 with a degree in Biology. I worked teaching math/English for several years. This project is a labor of love.



5 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.