Jarkko got in touch with people at the University of Denver and Oregon State University.
They had their own IRC network running and wanted to connect to the Finnish network.
According to James Ng the initial DALnet people were "ops in #Star Trek sick from the constant splits/lags/takeovers/etc".
DALnet quickly offered global Wall Ops (IRCop messages that can be seen by users who are w (/mode Nick Name w)), longer nicknames, Q: Lined nicknames (nicknames that cannot be used i.e.
One of the more significant changes in DALnet was use of longer nicknames (the original ircd limit being 9 letters).
IRC was created by Jarkko Oikarinen in August 1988 to replace a program called MUT (Multi User Talk) on a BBS called Oulu Box at the University of Oulu in Finland, where he was working at the Department of Information Processing Science.
Jarkko intended to extend the BBS software he administered, to allow news in the Usenet style, real time discussions and similar BBS features.
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.