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List of projects and channels that have left or stayed on Freenode

Note: due to volume, this has been moved to https://github.com/siraben/freenode-exodus

Projects and channels that have left Freenode

This is a (necessarily incomplete) list of projects and channels that have decided to permanently move out of Freenode to https://libera.chat (unless stated otherwise). Please reach out below or on IRC if there's additions or corrections.

Sources are mostly comments I've seen on HN, various IRC channels and web searches.

Projects and channels that have stayed on Freenode

More difficult to find are projects that have stayed, please let me know.

  • GnuPG
  • #freenode (duh)
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@crabbedhaloablution crabbedhaloablution commented May 27, 2021

+systemd to Libera side of the ledger

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@VanessaE VanessaE commented May 27, 2021

Minetest has also moved from Freenode to Libera, as has the Reprap community channel #reprap (and its locale variants)

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@mplscorwin mplscorwin commented May 27, 2021

Also leaving (but less notable, perhaps):

#ERC
#org-mode
#packetframe
#fosshost

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@siraben siraben commented May 28, 2021

irssi have stayed irssi/irssi@a4486c2

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@int-e int-e commented May 28, 2021

irssi is leaving, https://irssi.org/support/irc/ lists libera as the chat location. The story behind that commit is unclear. irssi/irssi.github.io#79 speaks of "a possible legal issue" without saying what that might be.

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@siraben siraben commented May 28, 2021

@int-e thank you, I'll correct it.

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@siraben siraben commented May 28, 2021

@crabbedhaloablution thank you, added.

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@siraben siraben commented May 28, 2021

@crabbedhaloablution it would be good if you could collapse this into a single comment as well, thanks

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@VanessaE VanessaE commented May 28, 2021

You have a typo: Regrap should be Reprap

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@siraben siraben commented May 28, 2021

@crabbedhaloablution please edit comments rather than posting new ones to lessen on notification spam

@VanessaE thanks

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@crabbedhaloablution crabbedhaloablution commented May 28, 2021

@siraben collapsed all the comments into one. The order should be the same.
Sry for the spam, didn't expect to find so many with a cursory search :-)

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@crabbedhaloablution crabbedhaloablution commented May 28, 2021

I'm done for today, added quite a few after last comment :-)

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@siraben siraben commented May 29, 2021

@crabbedhaloablution lol, that's insane. Thanks, I've added yesterday's batch. I'm also removing "notable" since it was a vague criteria.

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@siraben siraben commented May 29, 2021

I'm also integrating citations so it's more reliable.

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@thomasrussellmurphy thomasrussellmurphy commented May 29, 2021

Macports is currently in limbo, but officially on Libera: https://www.macports.org/contact.php#IRC

Edit:
Kicad also moved: https://www.kicad.org/community/chat/

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@saulpw saulpw commented May 29, 2021

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@TheSos TheSos commented May 29, 2021

Allegro game programming library channel have moved to libera. (Note that I am not affiliated with Allegro)
Also, Allegro.js (project by me) moved, but there's nobody on my channel ever so it's not worth a mention I guess.

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@GyrosGeier GyrosGeier commented May 29, 2021

KiCad has updated the website a while ago and most people have moved, but the old channel hasn't been shut down yet, we're still brainstorming ideas on how we could this do in a more funny way than just getting our channel locked.

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@thestinger thestinger commented May 29, 2021

GrapheneOS moved to Matrix rooms without the matrix-irc-appservice bridge to freenode on May 19th almost immediately after the freenode staff resigned:

https://twitter.com/GrapheneOS/status/1395040938645508097

It was planned and discussed in advance due to the leaks about it so it was a quick decision.

The channels were taken over and shut down on May 25th:

https://twitter.com/GrapheneOS/status/1397401277072646145

It was great that we had so pushed so hard for people to move away before this happened. Had 6 days with the topic and entrymsg telling people to leave along with regular @room pings for the old bridged Matrix rooms. Ended up switching to pinging all the users listed on IRC.

We convinced them to give us back the freenode channels under the condition we stop telling people to move ourselves and don't set +m again. Peak active users on freenode was ~1200 and is now ~60 for the main channel, and ~600 down to ~20 for offtopic. Completely fine with not pushing people to move, and just extended our matterbridge from bridging Matrix, libera, OFTC and Telegram to also include freenode. Our users will tell anyone who talks there to move on their own. No need for us to do it. Our rooms are essentially Matrix rooms now but with the option to use libera or OFTC via matterbridge if you prefer. Not going to use matrix-irc-appservice again since it gives control over Matrix to IRC server, and we hosted our own Matrix grapheneos.org server after this specifically to avoid a similar issue in the future.

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@DavidBuchanan314 DavidBuchanan314 commented May 29, 2021

Coreboot has also moved to Libera: https://doc.coreboot.org/community/forums.html

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@DavidBuchanan314 DavidBuchanan314 commented May 29, 2021

Citation link for Python: https://www.python.org/community/irc/

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@DavidBuchanan314 DavidBuchanan314 commented May 29, 2021

Rizin has also moved to Libera: https://rizin.re/community/

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@fredlahde fredlahde commented May 29, 2021

Asahi Linux also followed the movement: Tweet

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@thomasrussellmurphy thomasrussellmurphy commented May 29, 2021

GnuPG remains on Freenode https://gnupg.org/documentation/mailing-lists.html
In addition their Libera channel topic requests that users try Freenode first.

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@Ttech Ttech commented May 29, 2021

Transcendence (transcendence-game.com) left to Libera and Botters (IRC Bot Dev group) have also left, keeping only general use channels there now.

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@jonathanpallant jonathanpallant commented May 29, 2021

Rust Embedded and Rust Retro have moved their matrix bridges from FreeNode to Libera. Well they are trying to ... there are some issues.

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@ArsenArsen ArsenArsen commented May 29, 2021

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@shadowcat-mst shadowcat-mst commented May 29, 2021

apache/ASF (#httpd and the #apache-* channels), exim and postfix seem to've moved as well

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@mgerdts mgerdts commented May 29, 2021

https://docs.smartos.org/mailing-lists-and-irc/#irc

We can be found in the following channels on irc.libera.chat:

#smartos: The Official SmartOS/Triton Channel (Channel Logs)
#manta: The Official Manta Channel (Channel Logs)
#illumos: For discussion of the Illumos project and its distributions (Channel Logs)
#joyent: People often find us here, but #smartos is preferred.

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@mgorny mgorny commented May 29, 2021

#freenode stayed on Freenode ;-).

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@castaway castaway commented May 30, 2021

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@psalm147 psalm147 commented May 30, 2021

#cat-v has moved to irc.oftc.net

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@4ad 4ad commented May 30, 2021

#go-nuts has also moved to Libera.

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@siraben siraben commented May 30, 2021

Added and sorted, thank you!

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@Freso Freso commented May 30, 2021

whipper and beets: https://twitter.com/Freso/status/1398364969448755210 :)

Edit: Also, Arch Linux is written "Arch Linux" and MetaBrainz is written "MetaBrainz".

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@skarnet skarnet commented May 30, 2021

s6 has moved to OFTC.

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@Zipheir Zipheir commented May 30, 2021

Message announcing the Scheme move, for reference. https://srfi-email.schemers.org/srfi-discuss/msg/16740382/

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@aveao aveao commented May 30, 2021

  • ##proxmox moved main channel to libera, but with a bridge between channels.
  • #proxmark3 moved to libera.
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@alanc alanc commented May 30, 2021

X.Org, FreeDesktop, and Meson have all moved to OFTC.

Edit: Meson is OFTC+Matrix: https://twitter.com/mesonbuild/status/1397531239033278465

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@DasBrain DasBrain commented May 30, 2021

Eggdrop has moved to libera.

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@mgorny mgorny commented May 30, 2021

PyPy has now moved officially and dropped freenode: https://www.pypy.org/posts/2021/05/pypy-irc-moves-to-libera-chat.html

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@griwes griwes commented May 30, 2021

The C++ community channels, as well as #osdev, have also moved.

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@SnowComfortable6726 SnowComfortable6726 commented May 31, 2021

The Python link leads to the Rockbox site.

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@siraben siraben commented May 31, 2021

Thank you all, I will go through the gist comments to see what I have missed, but because of the sheer volume of suggestions I am creating a repo at https://github.com/siraben/freenode-exodus

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@scherrey scherrey commented May 31, 2021

Why does a few ops deciding to take their ball and move to another network mean that a "channel has moved"? The very premise is nonsense and absurd. Unless it's a trademarked/commercial branded channel, every channel remains on freenode and can adopt new ops to manage the community that decides to remain. This is all a bunch of posturing and virtue signaling that does nothing except damage the communities various parties purport to be supporting. Really sad that people are so interested in being divisive rather than actually work together.

#forth - for which I am an op - remains on freenode where it has grown from a dead channel for about a decade to something extremely valuable to the Forth community in the last few years. We have also has added a bridge to the new network as we care about Forth and not political/internal squabbles between operators and their employees. So long as federation with other networks appears beneficial to the Forther community we will continue to do so and are open to other networks as well.

If people were more focused on their communities than victimhood and divisiveness we wouldn't have this mess in the first place. Perhaps people should step back and really consider the real outcome potential of their actions and words before continuing this nonsense.

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@jernejs jernejs commented May 31, 2021

Reddit's /r/sysadmin IRC channel also moved to Libera.

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@MTRNord MTRNord commented Jun 4, 2021

Why does a few ops deciding to take their ball and move to another network mean that a "channel has moved"? The very premise is nonsense and absurd. Unless it's a trademarked/commercial branded channel, every channel remains on freenode and can adopt new ops to manage the community that decides to remain. This is all a bunch of posturing and virtue signaling that does nothing except damage the communities various parties purport to be supporting. Really sad that people are so interested in being divisive rather than actually work together.

Because taking someone else's channel is not only an asshole move but also misleading to newcomers. Think about it.

Sincerely a User

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@gnubeest gnubeest commented Jun 30, 2021

Also it's not about "a few ops". It's projects, and a stable network where those projects decide to keep staff for official support and/or development.

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