Freenode Apologizes as Prominent Open Source Projects Switch to Libera Chat
Slashdot reader AleRunner writes: Ubuntu has announced that, with immediate effect Ubuntu’s IRC channels are moving to libera.chat. The move follows a “hostile takeover” of Ubuntu’s namespace by Freenode’s new management that appears to be happening to many other distributions including Gentoo as well as other projects that have used Freenode [including channels associated with the programming languages Raku, Elixir, and Haskell]. For Ubuntu, and many other FOSS projects, Freenode has long been one of the major official forms of communication… With IRC channels often used for important system advice, and project communication, this becomes not just an inconvenience but even a security problem. For this reason Ubuntu’s replacement network, libera.chat has a more clearly open organisational structure than Freenode had before being taken over. “All told, it appears something like 700 irc.freenode.net channels have been seized and re-permissioned,” reports The Register, “supposedly because the channels mentioned Libera Chat in violation of Freenode’s advertising policy.” Wednesday Freenode owner Andrew Lee posted a blog post explaining that “in retrospect, we should have handled the action of closing down channels slightly differently…” “The intent of doing this was not an attempt of a hostile takeover nor hijack like many people are saying. Since certain projects were disrupting their users’ ability to chat on freenode via mass kicks, force closures, spam, we decided to enact this policy in those places which were deemed in violation and could cause an issue later… “We believe we should have done this in a much more communicative way to circulate the right message and keep things transparent which of course did not happen. As we move forward I’d like to fully assure you that we will be working in complete commitment to restore projects, namespaces and channels that were closed on accident as a part of this event and we welcome them to use freenode as before as their very own homebase. “Lastly, there are no excuses for this, and I’m willing to admit that I was wrong with Tuesday’s move and apologize for the inconvenience that may have caused.”Read more of this story at Slashdot.