IRC was created by Jarkko Oikarinen in August 1988 to replace a program called MUT (Multi User Talk) on a BBS called Oulu Box at the University of Oulu in Finland, where he was working at the Department of Information Processing Science.
Jarkko intended to extend the BBS software he administered, to allow news in the Usenet style, real time discussions and similar BBS features.
Nickname: Your_IRC_nickname Server Protocol: IRC Chat Server: irc.Proxy: None Chat Server Port: 6697 Chat Server Port for users of mobile carriers that block IRC (e.g.
Verizon) : 8443 SSL Connection: Checked Username: Your_IRC_nickname Server Password: [blank] Real Name: Lukas Blakk NOTE : In 2012, Verizon blocked all access to irc.over cellular connections.
Also, sometimes the reason it is busy is that the conversation has gone off-topic!
For further issues that can't be solved on IRC there is always the Forum.
IRC chat takes place on a network of servers; the network that hosts the Wikimedia channels is known as freenode.
Sometimes it is quiet and sometimes busy, but we will try to help.
How to use IRC to get connected with others in the Mozilla project is shown on this page.
Also frequently used IRC channels with descriptions of their general purpose are listed. (Read more about IRC on Wikipedia.) It was invented before the World Wide Web, so it was adopted by early open source contributors and Web developers, and it has been used by those communities ever since. IRC servers are offered by many individuals and organizations.
The first part he implemented was the chat part, which he did with borrowed parts written by his friends Jyrki Kuoppala and Jukka Pihl.
The first IRC network was running on a single server named fi.