In Europe and Canada a separate new network was being worked on and in December the French servers connected to the Canadian ones, and in the end of the month, the French and Canadian network was connected to the US one and the network that later came to be called "The Undernet" was born.
The "undernetters" wanted to take ircd further in an attempt to make it less bandwidth consumptive and to try to sort out the channel chaos (netsplits and takeovers) that EFnet started to suffer from.
The new network was called DALnet (named after its founder: dalvenjah), formed for better user service and more user and channel protections.
One of the more significant changes in DALnet was use of longer nicknames (the original ircd limit being 9 letters).
The first part he implemented was the chat part, which he did with borrowed parts written by his friends Jyrki Kuoppala and Jukka Pihl.
The first IRC network was running on a single server named fi.
They had gotten the program from one of Jarkko's friends, Vijay Subramaniam—the first non-Finnish person to use IRC.
IRC then grew larger and got used on the entire Finnish national network—Funet—and then connected to Nordunet, the Scandinavian branch of the Internet.
It was all open, required no passwords and had no limit on the number of connects.
Another fork effort, the first that really made a big and lasting difference, was initiated by 'Wildthang' in the U. October 1992 (it forked off the EFnet ircd version 2.8.10).
It was meant to be just a test network to develop bots on but it quickly grew to a network "for friends and their friends".
In November 1988, IRC had spread across the Internet and in the middle of 1989, there were some 40 servers worldwide.
In August 1990 the first major disagreement took place in the IRC world.
According to James Ng the initial DALnet people were "ops in #Star Trek sick from the constant splits/lags/takeovers/etc".