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Open and Free Technology Community

The Open and Free Technology Community (OFTC) is an IRC network that provides collaboration services to members of the free software community in any part of the world. OFTC is an associated project of Software in the Public Interest, a non-profit organization which was founded to help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software. Their servers are all accessible from the domain name OFTC currently has 32 volunteer staff members, and 21 sponsors.[1]

Open and Free Technology Community
Founded2001; 18 years ago (2001)
Geographic locationEurope
North America
Average users8,000
Average channels1,700–1,800
Average servers21


OFTC was founded at the end of 2001 by a group of experienced members of the open source and free software communities aiming to provide these communities with better communication, development, and support infrastructure. OFTC is ruled by a written constitution and the staff elect the officers among each other using a voting mechanism. OFTC became a member project of Software in the Public Interest (SPI) in July 2002, and SPI became the legal owner of the project's domain names.


OFTC currently develops 3 projects for its purposes: "oftc-hybrid", the IRC daemon, "oftc-ircservices", the IRC services suite, and "oftc-oftcdns", a GeoIP DNS responder to handle user distribution across the servers. OFTC uses Trac for its source browsing and bug tracking. Prospective users of the software can find tarball releases at Developers contributing to the code base should read and be familiar with Subversion.


  1. ^ "Staff". OFTC. Retrieved 2010-05-28.

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