The recent series of projects based on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) should be a fair sign that the beloved protocol will not go anywhere.Now thanks [Mike Chambers], You can add to the IRC ecosystem in the following ways Host your own MS-DOS-based IRC server.
This port of ngIRCd (the next generation IRC daemon) has been launched on an 8088-based PC running at only 4.77MHz, but you still need at least 640KB of RAM. If your old IRC server takes off, you may want to consider reducing the 10MHz V20 to improve performance. Even so, it is impressive that this server can run on the IBM 5150 40 years ago, and it should definitely scream on AT-class systems.
The limitation of the 16-bit platform means that SSL and ZLIB are not supported, and Mike has limited the total number of connections in his port to 50 (however, if you want to know the size of 640KB, you can adjust this limit by rebuilding from the source code) RAM can take you). You also need some other things to start and run the server, such as the packet driver for the network card and the mTCP configuration file.
Setting up your own IRC server can be said to be the right of way for most hackers and tinkers, but installing and running it on a beige box with decades of history can be a fun weekend project. [Mike] With all the juicy details On GitHub, You can check the test server running the latest version at
Also, don’t forget to visit the #hackaday IRC channel
[Thanks Sudos for the hot tip]