So, Matrix is dying. The server is too heavy to run, the protocol is mismanaged , and two of the biggest homeservers (tchncs and weho.st) have closed registrations. Another, disroot, is considering shutting down their HS. At this point, an alternative needs to show up, and soon.
@brainblasted isn't this conclusion a bit exaggerated? Especially considering that the developer team never made a mistery that they needed a lot of funding, and yet they kept working on many different aspects (client, server, protocol..). Matrix *is* the alternative from my point of view: if it's really dying, we're back to square one with Slack and IRC and whatever people use mindlessly.
@steko I wouldn't call it exaggerated. The ecosystem is literally crumbling under its own weight. Matrix.org frequently has outages - with no status page. This fucks with the rest of the network because matrix.org hosts most of the bridges. Users have been jumping ship from matrix.org to Disroot, Wehost, and Tchncs.
@steko Now that two of those have closed registration and one might shut down, there isn't a larger server users can hop to, and from my understanding self-hosting isn't feasible, and running it on a hosted server would be expensive because of the load. This further consolidates the network into Matrix.org, which will continue to use more resources.
@stjohn commenting on the state of the ecosystem. I've been watching these issues for a bit now. I currently reside on Disroot, so I would be affected if they closed down.
@stjohn dendrite is _very_ slow-moving, and from the conversations I've had people think it may not materialize.
@stjohn I hope so too, but it feels like more than that since two major servers have closed registrations due to troubles running it.
@brainblasted Maybe the Signal client could be modified for that and then someone writes an open server. usernames like in the fediverse. :)
@brainblasted let me throw in psyced.org (PSYC 1 protocol + many others) as well as its in development (and not usable) successor secushare (based on / becoming PSYC 2).
Free software hardly ever dies. The reference implementation isn't very efficient in terms of system resources. #Matrix usage might pick up again once an implementation with good performance characteristics shows up.
The French government has officially adopted it for their government communications. And the Matrix team got a $5 million investment recently.
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