[Members] Google Summer of Code 2014 - Should the XSF Apply?

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Thu Nov 28 16:53:20 UTC 2013

On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM, Arc Riley <arcriley at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm going to pitch something a bit out of left field here -
> Freenode.
> Freenode is the largest IRC network on the planet and it runs their own
> ircd.  Every day more people use Freenode than use all MUC services
> combined.  Most FOSS projects have a channel on there.  I've previously
> proposed adding MUC service support to their standard ircds and the
> developers were open to the idea.
> This would make an awesome GSoC project, and I'd be happy to mentor it
> though I think I could rope in a Freenode developer in to mentor it.  Quite
> a few of them (last I knew) were in college and would likely love to be
> paid $5500 to add this very awesome feature to the software they're already
> very familiar with.
> If Freenode added MUC support it'd open the door for all those thousands
> of projects, and their millions of users a day, to use XMPP (including via
> their websites) for help and developer communication.

Wow, cool idea.

I talked to Lilo about this I don't know how many years ago, and at the
time, he was really enthusiastic, because he thought it'd help extinguish
the notion that Freenode was an IRC network, with all the traditions that
was taken to mean.

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