The network now known as freenode initally began as a GNU/Linux support channel on the EFNet IRC network. By 1998, the channel had grown into a network called Open Projects Net, with about 200 users. In 2002, Open Projects Net became Freenode, a division of Peer-Directed Projects Center, a tax-exempt corporation. Freenode has since grown rapidly and now has over 50,000 users and 40,000 channels. Some of freenode's most heavily used channels are those for open source projects such as ubuntu, archlinux, and python.