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This Week in Matrix 2023-08-18

18.08.2023 00:00 — This Week in Matrix MTRNord

Dept of Spec 📜

TravisR announces

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

Accepted MSCs:

Closed MSCs:

  • No MSCs were closed/rejected this week.

Spec Updates

This last week the SCT has largely been preparing for the spec release happening on August 23rd, 2023 and working on getting some of the IETF/MIMI work into MSC shape. It's largely business as usual at the moment for the SCT :)

Matrix 1.9's planned work will be finalized on Monday as well, ahead of the Matrix 1.8 release on Wednesday. Please raise any MSCs or general feature areas to the SCT before Monday in #sct-office:matrix.org for them to be considered. The SCT will have limited/no bandwidth to look at things not raised for consideration.

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This Week in Matrix 2023-08-04

04.08.2023 18:19 — This Week in Matrix MTRNord

Matrix Live

Dept of Spec 📜

Andrew Morgan (anoa) says

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

  • There were no new MSCs this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs are in FCP.

Accepted MSCs:

  • No MSCs were accepted this week.

Closed MSCs:

  • No MSCs were closed/rejected this week.

Spec Updates

No movement through the process on the surface for any MSCs according to the above chart, but some things have been happening! Other than the usual background hum of IETF work, conversations across many MSCs have been moving along. We also saw MSC3930 (Polls push notifications) have FCP proposed! The latter would stop a notification from being generated every time someone voted in a poll, which is sorely needed.

A reminder that in keeping with the spec's quarterly release schedule, Matrix v1.8 is due to release this month and Matrix v1.9 is due for November. We want to plan well ahead for the v1.9 release though, so if you would like to see anything in particular land in v1.9, please raise that concern in the Office of the Spec Core Team room!

See this message in the same room for more information including the currently planned v1.9 spec changes.

Random MSC of the Week

The random MSC of the week is... Refine and clarify how presence works!

This is a very old "MSC" (still on google docs), but it's come up and I've seen folks taking a look at revamping presence recently, so I figured it may be interesting to share.

The document lists a number of confusing behaviours that come with the current presence spec (at the time, though it hasn't moved much since then). There is also a bullet-point list of what a redesigned presence could look like.

Given the conversation on the GitHub issue, this document appears lost to time. But perhaps someone will find it useful today.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Conduit (website)

Conduit is a simple, fast and reliable chat server powered by Matrix

Timo on Conduit ⚡️ announces

Conduit was at the top of Hacker News this week! https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=36937713

Synapse (website)

Synapse is a Matrix homeserver implementation developed by the matrix.org core team

Shay announces

This week we released 1.89.0. Highlights include:

  • Allow + in Matrix IDs, per MSC4009
  • Support room version 11 from MSC3820
  • Allow configuring the set of workers to proxy outbound federation traffic through via outbound_federation_restricted_to
  • Fix a long-standing bug where remote invites weren't correctly pushed
  • Fix a bug where resyncing stale device lists could block responding to federation transactions, and thus delay receiving new data from the remote server

and much more. If you'd like to take a deep dive into the changes, you can find the release notes here and as always, if you encounter a bug feel free to report it at https://github.com/matrix-org/synapse/issues/new/choose.

Dept of Bridges 🌉

mattermost-to-matrix

Gabriel R. announces

Hi! I've made a new Matrix<->Mattermost message history import tool and bridge: https://github.com/gabrc52/mattermost-to-matrix. It allows importing and bridging entire Mattermost teams into Matrix spaces. If you have any questions about it, you can DM me or use GitHub issues.

Dept of Clients 📱

Quaternion 0.0.96 beta4 (website)

A Qt5-based IM client for Matrix

kitsune says

After another round of smashing the keyb^W bugs, another beta of Quaternion is out now - hopefully the last one before the release. Nicer timeline scrolling, (much) better HTML insertion and a few other fixes all around. Packagers and translators - that's a great moment to update your stuff where necessary (would be especially great to see help on Ukrainian, Polish, and Spanish translations).

Element X iOS (website)

A total rewrite of Element-iOS using the Matrix Rust SDK underneath and targeting devices running iOS 16+.

Ștefan announces

It's holiday season in Element land (and everywhere else?) but that doesn't mean we don't have cool updates for you:

  • Version 1.2.1 has been submitted to AppStore review and, as a result of that, we are now building a special home screen state for when you're not part of any rooms 😅
  • We're setting up the foundations for the RichTextEditor adoption
  • Started looking in what it would take to adopt Element Call and the results are promising
  • We have a brand new notification settings screen
  • The app now shows avatars for direct messages
  • Made improvements to how read receipts are sent
  • And, as always, a bunch of bug fixes and performance improvements

Element X Android (website)

Android Matrix messenger application using the Matrix Rust Sdk and Jetpack Compose

ganfra announces

  • Investigate release blocker issues, including fix of async uniFFI bug on Kotlin
  • Continue integration of Compound
  • Continue working on Polls
  • The app now shows avatars for direct messages
  • A bunch of bug fixes and performance improvements

Element Web/Desktop (website)

Secure and independent communication, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-web:matrix.org!

Danielle announces

Element Web/Desktop

  • This week in web… We’re heads down on the stuck notifications issues we’ve been battling. We’re making significant progress across the board. We’ve coined the current issues as “zombie notifications” as these are the ones that are removed by entering a room but come back when the app restarts. Rest assured, we’re doing all we can.
  • Also new in this week’s release are the updated colours. We’ve updated our colour system across the board to improve legibility and usability throughout the app. It goes hand-in-hand with our other accessibility improvements.

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

Matrix-Login

Skyler M reports

Reworked matrix-login script to an web-app form so it's usable at https://matrix-token.skylab.fi (source code: https://gitlab.com/samip5/matrix-login, secured by hCaptcha).

  • Supports only SSO at this moment and spits out an access token to be used eg with Whatsapp double puppet.

Trixnity (website)

Multiplatform Kotlin SDK for Matrix

Benedict announces

Trixnity v3.9.0 has been released:

features:

  • BREAKING CHANGE: more type safe push rules (sealed interface for different kinds of push rules)
  • added ServerDefaultPushRules

improvements:

  • CoroutineCache performance improvements (one of the 3.7.x releases made it a bit slower)

Dept of Bots 🤖

Dominik announces

MatrixJoinLink is bot that allows the creation of invite links to non-public rooms in matrix. It uses the Trixnity framework. The bot is currently in early alpha and primarily used as proof-of-concept. In addition, I currently gather feedback regarding the concept.

Reason for this Bot

I always struggled with the problem that I have private rooms, I want to share with a group of friends. Before the bot, I had to invite all the people. Now I can invite JoinLink and create an invite link. This link can be shared to my friends who want to join my room (including spaces).

Technical Details / How it works

  1. Let's assume that you want to share the private room !private:room.domain
  2. After you've invited the bot, you can enter !join link IShareLinksWithYou
  3. The bot creates a new public room that contains "IShareLinksWithYou" in its name. The room will not be listed in the room directory; for this example its ID is !public:room.domain
  4. If somebody joins the public room, the bot verifies whether the rooms belong to each other based on two encrypted state events in !private:room.domain and !public:room.domain. If the validation is successful, the bot invites the user to the private room.
  5. If you want to disable the share simply type !join unlink in the private room. This will invalidate the link.

MensaBot

Dominik announces

The MensaBot is a bot I created at the beginning of the year using the Trixnity framework. It sends a daily reminder of the food that is currently available in your canteen (German: Mensa). You can also use commands to request the list directly. Currently, it only supports the API of my university's canteen. However, the bot is extensible for new canteens.

Features

  • Schedule daily posts about the food in your canteen
  • Get a summary of the food in your canteen (on the current date)
  • Simple rights management (only configured admins can interact with the bot)

flip-matrix-bot (website)

A Matrix bot for the Friendly Linux Players community.

HER0 announces

Among other (less interesting) changes, the bot received an update to the response generated by the information events command, contributed by a community member!

Additionally, the in-progress documentation keeps getting improvements. This week, it was focused on the Running the bot section, starting with the Installation chapter.

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣️

Matrix @ FrOSCon

HarHarLinks says

FrOSCon is happening this weekend! If you're very spontaneous, or at least a bit spontaneous and not too far away, drop by our Matrix Community Stand and Devroom!

Dept of Guides 🧭

Matrix client tutorial

uhoreg says

The initial version of the Olm encryption section of my Matrix client tutorial is now up. The plan is to do sending/receiving of to-device messages next, and then a section where all the e2ee pieces get put together into a more coherent package. After the to-device section is written, it will be almost a replacement for the current e2ee implementation guide, with the missing sections being encrypted attachments (which, in the current guide, is just a pointer to the spec), and key requests/forwarding.

Dept of Ping

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server.

#ping:maunium.net

Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1test.zemos.net256
2zemos.net609
3herkinf.de653
4kittenface.studio880
5maescool.be970
6geipert.eu1003.5
7wcore.org1096
8matrix.comrademajor.bond1411.5
9wi11.co.uk1981
10rom4nik.pl2441

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1test.zemos.net67.5
2zemos.net137
3herkinf.de205.5
4shiftsystems.net333.5
5matrix.org364
6777.tf503
7forlorn.day874
8rustybever.be930.5
9matrix.shutdown.network292340

That's all I know

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!