Another fork effort, the first that really made a big and lasting difference, was initiated by 'Wildthang' in the U. October 1992 (it forked off the EFnet ircd version 2.8.10).
It was meant to be just a test network to develop bots on but it quickly grew to a network "for friends and their friends".
On August 15, the new user count record was set to 57 users.
which led various implementations of servers and clients to diverge.
It was all open, required no passwords and had no limit on the number of connects.They had gotten the program from one of Jarkko's friends, Vijay Subramaniam—the first non-Finnish person to use IRC.IRC then grew larger and got used on the entire Finnish national network—Funet—and then connected to Nordunet, the Scandinavian branch of the Internet.Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is an application layer protocol that facilitates communication in the form of text.The chat process works on a client/server networking model.