Folks are already accepting the new policies - thanks.
We're going to start requiring acceptance to access the matrix.org server on Tuesday (May 29th).
We're already receiving our first GDPR requests… :|
Erasure and Right-to-be-forgotten work (Phase 2) is next up so we can action the requests in a timely manner.
It looks like we will go ahead on removing MXIDs on events as a Phase 3 (although for now we do warn people that this is effectively a technical limitation of Matrix, albeit one that we're working on).
mtxclient E2E progress
Big E2E progress from mujx, developer of the nheko client on his project mtxclient. As of this week, mxtclient is able to decrypt group events. When writing (that is, sending encrypted messages) is complete, the idea is to migrate this work back to nheko, though mujx points out this library could be used in any client.
Plaintext view to be able to click long links and such
Fixed some bugs
GDPR-capable release! 0.15.4 out today
Various bugfixes and performance regressions.
Sticker sending is ready modulo some CSS bugs; we'll get it pushed shortly.
JonTheNiceGuy bridging video
JonTheNiceGuy produced a helpful video describing how to use bridges for IRC, Slack and Telegram, showing the difference between the different bridges. I found this to be really clear and well-paced for following the many practical details of bridging. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNEzgYRLj8g
This small tool will take the local part of the room ID created by the Matrix<>Facebook Messenger bot once the friend has joined it, identify th friend, and grab their avatar and display name to set the room's.
I have managed to do the first phase of a massive refactor that makes it way more reliable (temporarily store SMS in the database before delivery)
this makes it more resilient to synapse hiccups, as well as general failures
matrixboard, from betz
betz runs the https://hackerspaces.be/ matrix server and has this week, inbetween repairing his Synapse install, been working on a project called matrixboard. This tool is used to output the last five messages from a given room to displayed as HTML, the idea being to display output from a specific room as a website widget. You can see an example using #matrix-devhere.
The idea of using the room state to encapsulate bot data per-room was well received, discussion in #TWIM:matrix.org suggests this is an estabilished practice for some developers.
No general GSOC round-up this week, &Adam shared the news that GSOC-student Zil0's first PR towards E2E in matrix-python-sdk landed on master. These PRs are working from efforts previously contributed by pik.
Work continues in the Ruma space. This week saw the release of
ruma-events0.10.0: ruma-events contains Serializable Rust types for the events in the Matrix specification. 0.10.0 sees a major update with code provided by mujx, and contains many breaking changes.
As part of my master's thesis, I wrote the DSN Traveller bot, which is crawling the matrix federation to measure the shape and size of the matrix network, and how distributed it currently is. The bot is already in a smaller number of rooms for testing, and will join the remaining rooms over the next days. All details at https://dsn-traveller.dsn.scc.kit.edu/, room at #dsn-traveller:dsn-traveller.dsn.scc.kit.edu.
GDPR policy management is welcomed in by Synapse 0.30
Means we get server notices too!
Explosion of Python 3 activity from notafile & Amber (hawkowl)
andrewsh has prepared a Debian package for the 0.30 release.
Anoa is on the case, having joined the core team on Monday - Dendrite is already sending events to ASes! Meanwhile APwhitehat is hacking away on his GSoC projects!
Last week I promised an update on the state of the various GSOC projects in the Matrix Ecosystem. There is activity happening but other than what's been discussed above we'll wait a week or two for more detailed updates.
See you soon
As always, if you have things to say, projects to advertise, or anything else, ping me or visit #TWIM:matrix.org. I'm keen to get everyone included and keep this community enthused about all the work going on in the Matrix ecosystem.