Moznet IRC is dead; long live Mozilla Matrix!

2020-03-03 — In the News — Matthew Hodgson

Hi all,

Heads up that yesterday at 12:00 ET, the Mozilla IRC network was switched off after over 22 years of valiant service, and the mozilla.org Matrix instance is now in full production. You can get at it via the Riot instance at https://chat.mozilla.org, by pointing your client at https://mozilla.modular.im, or by joining rooms on the mozilla.org server over federation via its room directory.

We'd like to thank Mozilla again for putting their faith in Matrix, and are determined to do everything we can to ensure we're a more than worthy successor to IRC; we have big boots to fill :)

We've been gathering a huge amount of invaluable FTUE (first time user experience) feedback from the commentary in #synchronicity:mozilla.org - and we're in the process of implementing it over the coming weeks. In particular, we've already implemented alphabetic room ordering, custom theming support, and done a bunch more SSO work.

The immediate priorities include:

  • Fixing a regression in jumps/jank when scrolling (fix PRed to develop today)
  • Enabling Mozilla IAM SSO authentication on remaining "interactive user auth" flows (e.g. managing devices)
  • Fixing the UX around selecting server when browsing the room directory.
  • Fixing notification defaults, behaviour and settings UX
  • Better educating users to connect to the mozilla.modular.im if using a random app.

Finally, it's worth noting that the matrix-ircd project is seeing some commits again, many thanks to jplatte from the Ruma project - so if you are currently despairing the demise of moznet, never fear: you may yet be able to connect to the Mozilla matrix server via IRC (authing via Mozilla IAM, of course) and pretend that none of this newfangled Matrix stuff exists :D

Please keep the feedback coming in #synchronicity:mozilla.org - we're gathering it all up into Github (under the mozilla label) as well as a high level Google Doc to help collate everything.

thanks,

- The Matrix Core Team.

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