Jarkko got in touch with people at the University of Denver and Oregon State University.
They had their own IRC network running and wanted to connect to the Finnish network.
Started in 1994 as an alternative to the overburdened networks of the time, DALnet has grown into a vibrant community and is widely regarded as the most "friendly" of the major IRC networks.
DALnet pioneered nickname and channel registration, giving users the right and ability to govern their online experience, without the fear of channel takeover, impersonation or harassment.
Please note that this older version is no longer being updated.
If you are looking for a beta version of m IRC, that includes the latest changes and fixes but might not be stable, you can find it in the discussion forums in the bug reports section.
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.
All of DALnet's staff, helpers and coders alike, are volunteers who devote themselves selflessly to the good of the network and its users.
In November 1988, IRC had spread across the Internet and in the middle of 1989, there were some 40 servers worldwide.
In August 1990 the first major disagreement took place in the IRC world.
Jyrki Kuoppala pushed Jarkko to ask Oulu University to free the IRC code so that it also could be run outside of Oulu, and after they finally got it released, Jyrki Kuoppala immediately installed another server. Jarkko got some friends at the Helsinki University and Tampere University to start running IRC servers when his number of users increased and other universities soon followed.
At this time Jarkko realized that the rest of the BBS features probably wouldn't fit in his program.