Matrix is an open standard for interoperable, decentralised, real-time communications. KDE is officially using Matrix for collaboration within the community, superseding more antiquated and closed source services. Matrix is an open protocol and network for decentralized communication, backed by an open standard and open source reference implementations for servers, clients, client SDKs, bridges, bots and more. It provides all the features you would expect from a modern chat system: infinite scrollback, file transfer, typing notifications, read receipts, presence, search, push notifications, stickers, VoIP calling and conferencing, etc. It even provides end-to-end encryption (based on Signal’s double ratchet algorithm) for when you want some privacy.
Furthermore, Matrix natively supports bridges to other protocols, such as IRC (the official KDE messaging channel). This means that you can use a Matrix client to join and use IRC channels like if they were Matrix rooms.
You can chat using your web browser and visiting KDE's webchat or you can use a desktop or mobile client. Here is a list of clients for your desktop or mobile devices.
THIS IS THE RECOMMENDED WAY OF REGISTERING YOUR ACCOUNT.
Even if you plan on using a desktop or mobile client later, register through the web chat since it uses all the correct defaults to get a :kde.org account.
That's it! You can start chatting with members of KDE's community.
Download the desktop client from Riot's website. APT repositories with Debian/Ubuntu packages are provided. Your mileage may vary for other distributions. The latest stable version number is listed on Riot's GitHub releases page and is the version number you should aim for.
Registration is the same process as the steps above. Make sure you select Premium hosting and input https://kde.modular.im as the Server Name if you would like a Matrix account on KDE's Modular homeserver.
Currently Riot only supports having one account
In Signin/Register select the Use custom server options (Advanced) option to set the following
There is also a client for iOS available from Apple's App Store.
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Here is a list of individual applications that have their own Matrix rooms:
|This only needs to be done once by an IRC operator. After that all users may use the more convenient local room name to join.|
Where you can setup the alias depends on the client you use. For webchat.kde.org it'll look a bit like this:
You may additionally want to mark the room as published in the directory (so one can search for it) and set the KDE flair +kde:kde.org (so a fancy KDE flair will get shown; currently not set up). Both settings on webchat.kde.org are immediately after the room settings where you created the local room alias.
Your IRC nickname will be available 24/7 and other people will be able to ping or contact you even if you are away from your computer. This can also be achieved by using an IRC bouncer, but Matrix has several advantages:
IrcsomeBot is a Telegram bot that can bridge a Telegram group with an IRC channel. However there are the following shortcomings:
/query, etc.). In fact, they won't even know that you are using the Matrix bridge instead of a classic IRC client.
You can search or browse IRC channels from Riot. Just type the name of the channel you want to join and you are done.
If your favorite matrix client doesn't have a similar feature, you can join any freenode channel by joining the following Matrix room:
For example, if you want to join the #kde-devel IRC channel, just type:
By default, the IRC bridge will use your matrix display name to generate an IRC nickname (ending with -M). If you don't like the default nickname, you can change it by sending the following command to the
@freenode-irc:kde.org bot (you will need first to start a private conversation with the bot):
Start by opening a direct chat with NickServ. For freenode, that's
@_freenode_NickServ:kde.org. Then send it a message of format:
identify [<nickname>] <password>
— where nickname is optional assuming you are identifying for your current nickname.
To make the bridge store your credentials and log in automatically, in direct chat with the
@freenode-irc:kde.org you can use the !storepass <string> command to save a string that is sent in PASS command when your IRC-presence connects.
With freenode you can use:
@freenode-irc:kde.org bot accepts raw IRC commands. To set the away status use:
!cmd AWAY <away_message>
!cmd AWAY Sleeping
To remove the away status just use: