Developers of the open source organization Freenode are quitting en masse after Andrew Lee, a tech entrepreneur and the Crown Prince of Korea, has taken control of the network in what developers are describing as a "hostile takeover."
Freenode was founded in 1994 and has since become the largest free and open source project that runs Internet Relay Chat (or IRC) networks, which were once hugely popular and are still an important internet chat protocol. It has traditionally been run by volunteers and has amassed "90,000 users and just shy of 50,000 registered channels," according to the organization's official website. While it is not as popular as it used to be, it is still a key site for free software project coordination.
The new Libera Chat is described as a next-generation IRC network for FOSS and peer directed projects, formed as a nonprofit organisation where all its staff has equal representation at the table to safeguard its future.
See Developers Flee Open Source Project After ‘Takeover’ By Korean Crown Prince
Developers of the popular open source network Freenode are quitting en masse and accusing Andrew Lee, the Crown Prince of Korea, of a “hostile takeover” of the organization.