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Learn UNIX with friends and bring the fun back into computing! We are now offering free OpenBSD shell accounts. Here's what we provide for free with each account:

  • 10GB HDD
  • 32MB RAM
  • Shared DDoS filtered IPv4 address
  • 10 processes
  • 100Mbps shared connection
  • 2Mbps sustained download
  • Web hosting with PHP/Mariadb
  • Free SSL certificate

…and many applications.

Here's a sample of what you can do with the account:

  • Run a command-line IRC client (only 1 per IRC network)
  • Host your homepage with a custom domain name you already own
  • Check your email
  • Instant message friends on other networks using Bitlbee
  • Surf the web using lynx
  • Edit images using ImageMagick

Here are basic rules for all accounts:

  • No porn
  • No illegal drugs
  • No promotion of violence
  • No slander or libel
  • No gambling
  • No spam, illegal cracking, or DDoS
  • Follow copyright laws
  • Only one account per person

The shell accounts are not primarily for publishing religious or political content; this content may be subject to moderation.

Note: IRCNow cannot provide any warranties. If you sign up to this account, you agree not to hold IRCNow responsible for any data loss, damages, or downtime from using our service.

Technical restrictions:

  • Only one connection per IRC network
  • No malicious bots allowed
  • Running tor is not allowed
  • Torrents are not allowed
  • Cryptocurrency mining is not allowed
  • No port scanning without permission

To get an account, join our community at irc.ircnow.org/#shell and ask for an account. We currently have an interview process to make sure accounts are not abused.

SSH fingerprints:

256 SHA256:mGpvXOEbMT/FFKusyMiYoAy9aTXdulByeeewxLT/9YE shell.ircnow.org (ECDSA)
1024 SHA256:ZUyvmIvS4PTTgMHUTgLTygRIZRhvuGq1AV9KeQhQw8w shell.ircnow.org (DSA)
256 SHA256:dDVPjfDfSMP0BTTyZ84o5OhLXtmwPhp8GWDIpWC4rvU shell.ircnow.org (ED25519)
3072 SHA256:cLMVQu0Q8PiX7Hv92ocmm5pOHxfYvyn33hCxkN0MFRk shell.ircnow.org (RSA)