The IRC is a system on-line of exchange of literal messages, for which some users can talk at the same time. It was born in 1988, the Finlândia, and very was used by the half academic for communication between researchers and students. Its first moment of international fame was in 1991, during the Persian Gulf war, when the whole world people if had congregated in a canal to read the last stories and to change information. It the same had use during the blow against Boris Yeltsin, in 1993, and other dates special as great earthquakes and Pantries of the World.
I knew the Internet in 1995, with access saw RENPAC. At that time Google did not exist and the main form of navigation was done for documents indexados in Gopher. The search tool called Veronica (Very Easy Rodent-Oriented Net-wide Index you the Computerized Archives).
Another resource very used at that time was the BBS (Bulletin Board System) and was exactly by means of one, jacare.ufpa.br, that I knew the IRC. In it, it had a door of access to the #brasil canal that was in the EFNET. On the first time it was difficult to believe that each nick talking was a person there and that they were in the most diverse places of the world. I knew people incredible and still today I have contact with several of them.
In 1996, it had beginning the commercial age of the Internet in Brazil. Many suppliers had been born and the majority supported the birth of the IRC yielding machines where the servers twirled. I remember that the first net was created and organized for the Jan (kanopus) and the XShadow. I participated at the beginning of this net and soon I perceived that to be able them limitless that ircadmins and ircops possuíam they were constantly used of abusive form. Such behavior would drive away the common users and would hinder the mature growth it IRC. As I did not obtain to change this mentality, I left and I created the BrasNET.
With only two servers (americasnet and tvfilme) and a group of friends, who still today are friends, the BrasNET was created with the objective to keep a healthful environment of chat, between Brazilians, with quality and where it did not have abuses on the part of that its servers took care of of the net and. Some suppliers had approved this proposal if associating with our net and the amount of users it was growing of exponential form. Known that they were distant if they communicated of easy form, as well as friendships and families had been formed between people who never would know themselves if she was not for the BrasNET.
During the years, such growth in such a way brought happiness and satisfaction for that they took care of of the resources how much for the users who if benefited of these. The maximum point of the net if gave in 2003, when more than 60 a thousand people talked simultaneously in the structure kept for partners as Telemar, BrasilTelecom, Unisys, Interdotnet, Mandic and other great Brazilian suppliers of regional abrangência. I witnessed and I fought diverse types of crimes saw Internet aiming at to keep a healthful environment. Successfully, we arrive to be eighth bigger net IRC of the world, being on greater to a country and language.
So great success generated envy and frustration in some people whom they had decided to promote attacks to the net and its partners. The technician of security of the companies partners had never worked in such a way to guarantee the continuity of the services and to block such attacks. Unhappyly the attacks were strong the sufficient to knock down suppliers and entire regions, what it took them to give up to support the Brazilian IRC. Attitude waited joust and, therefore such attacks harmed the too much services of the suppliers.
To keep the IRC functioning the solution was to contract serving in the exterior that had capacity to block the attacks. With this the Brazilian IRC passed to be housed exclusively in the exterior.
At this time, beyond the problems of the attacks, we had the sprouting of the Orkut and the magnifying of the MSN kept for the giants of the Internet in the world, Google and Microsoft. As the IRC is kept by common people, it is easy to cause instability in it. Such instability made with that the people were giving up the IRC. Of another side, the new generation already comes being born plugada to the MSN and the Orkut.
Exactly with the fall in the amount of users and with the attacks that had led to the desistance of the Brazilian partners, I continued keeping the net with the same objectives that had taken me to create it. Unhappyly those people who at the beginning attacked the Brazilian partners of years 2000 also had not given up to attack the Brazilian IRC. Currently these specialized American attacks are so strong that not even datacenters obtains to block them efficiently.
We are, then, in a dead-end. It is not more possible to keep the Brazilian IRC nor in Brazil nor in the exterior. It can until appearing to datacenter capable to resist the attacks of today. But and the ones that will come tomorrow? It is very consuming for little benefit. Of this form the BrasNET will continue existing with its aimings of e-mails, urls and to jabber, however valley more the penalty not to work with IRC. Of any form I am satisfied with these 11 years of work and thank all the users, partners and collaborators who had contributed of some form for the success of this taken over on a contract basis.
Who to want to leave depositions, to count to histories and cases that had happened in these 11 years, is alone to send for my email that I will publish here in the site.
Abraços to all,
P: It will not have plus no newness in the BrasNET from now?
R: I do not know. Having programmer and to designer interested parties, we will be able to develop some of projects WEB that are stopped.
P: E the collaborators who possess credits not used?
R: As soon as the turbulence to pass, I will go to present forms for use and devolution of the available credits.
P: E irc.brasnet.org pointed pra EFNET?
R: Nothing more logical that the Brazilian IRC to die where it was born.
P: It is its final decision? Not accepted proposals?
R: Yes, but proposals can be sent for my email.