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This Week in Matrix 2020-02-21

2020-02-21 — This Week in Matrix — Ben Parsons

Dept of Status of Matrix 🌡

Google Summer of Code 2020

Wise Google have again selected Matrix as a GSOC Mentor Organisation. Matrix has been successful with GSOC for several years now, so please think about what you'd like to work on, get involved with suggested projects, and join #gsoc:matrix.org for more insights.

If you have a Matrix project of your own, and think that you would benefit from mentoring a GSOC student, then let me know. We are very happy to have Matrix-related students working on your project under the Matrix umbrella. (Just like we did with kitsune last year.)

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣

It's happening Next Week!!

Are you interested in a real-life, real-time Matrix-related meetup? Can you make it to London? Join us on the 26th February at Second Home in Spitalfields! Check out the agenda and register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/matrix-london-meetup-26th-february-2020-tickets-93320354693.

Matrix Live 🎙

Spec

anoa offered:

Here's your weekly spec update!

MSC Status

Merged MSCs:

  • No MSCs have been merged this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

  • No FCPs have entered Final Comment Period this week.

New MSCs:

The section where I talk about mscbot

Hey look, I finished.

Spec Core Team

Next week the Spec Core Team is focusing on MSC implementation.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Neil announced:

This week we’ve been working on managing alias abuse, and also improved performance for state res v2. The perf work massively improved average send times on matrix.org. Here’s the heat map.

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More excitingly we’re working on sharding out the master process in Synapse, so that worker based installations can scale more efficiently.

Next week it’s all about more alias abuse mitigations, fixing some SSO/User Interactive Auth bugs and continuing with our performance work.

Synapse Deployment

Mathijs reported:

The image for synapse 1.11.0 is now available as avhost/docker-matrix:v1.11.0 and mvgorcum/docker-matrix:v1.11.0. As always these images use jemalloc, and mjolnir anti-spam got added to the images.

Ananace told us:

Just pushed the K8s-optimized Synapse images for 1.10.1

and:

Just pushed version 1.11.0 of the K8s-optimized Synapse images, find them on dockerhub as ananace/matrix-synapse

Dept of Bridges 🌉

matrix-github

Half-Shot offered:

Hola. I wrote the matrix-github bridge a while back to support bridging issues and pullrequests into Matrix as rooms, so that the history of an issue can be tracked within a room, and users can comment on them within Matrix. As of today, you can now bridge in your own notifications into Matrix. It's early days, but is actually proving to be useful.

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matrix-appservice-slack 1.1.0

Half-Shot offered:

More news! This week matrix-appservice-slack has reached 1.1.0-rc1 and included is a whole bunch of puppeting and membership sync features. The headline features are:

  • Add ability to sync Slack channels and users automatically to Matrix
  • Sync Slack membership changes to Matrix
  • Add whoami user command.
  • Create private rooms on demand if they do not exist

...and then...

has reached 1.1.0. Nothing has changed. It's just not called 1.1.0-rc1 anymore.

matrix-xmpp-filter

mijutu offered:

matrix-xmpp-filter can now handle multiple XMPP clients per process and multiple Matrix accounts per XMPP client. It's like matrix-ircd, but with XMPP instead of IRC. Made with libQuotient and libqxmpp. Available at https://k2c42.dy.fi/matrix-xmpp-filter.git Feedback to #matrix-xmpp-filter:ellipsis.fi

mx-puppet-bridge

sorunome said:

mx-puppet-bridge now automatically stops typing indicators for a specific ghost if the remote protocol sends out a message as it.

matrix-discord-parser

sorunome offered:

matrix-discord-parser now utilizes https://mau.lu/ to neatly bridge inline matrix images / custom matrix emojis over to discord! mx-puppet-discord already includes the new version.

Dept of Clients 📱

gomuks: SSO and more

tulir (Mozilla) offered:

gomuks now does single sign-on, which means you can log into mozilla matrix accounts with it.

Check the docs for information on how to add SSO to your Matrix client.

Later:

In addition to the SSO support mentioned earlier, gomuks now has initial support for rendering reactions and full support for edits (both sending and rendering). Some bugs have also been added and/or fixed.

Radical

stoic offered:

Formerly known as Riot WebExtension.

anoa asked:

I'm curious how you got seshat working in a browser, considering wasm doesn't have support for multi-threading?

stoic responded:

it's not actually running in the browser, it uses native messaging to spawn a local rust binary and talk to it over stdio poljar did a great job with seshat, so it wasn't much left for me to do 👌

Radical Native

stoic announced:

Formerly known as Riot Booster Pack.

  • Support for traditional Riot Web over HTTP landed in v0.1beta7, so you can use Radical Native with every Riot instance on the web. We're still in early beta, so no official Firefox AMO install available yet, if you want to give it a try you can follow these install instructions

Riot Web themes repository

Aaron reported:

I made a place where you can post Riot Web themes https://github.com/aaronraimist/riot-web-themes

See also: Riot theming docs

RiotX

benoit told us:

RiotX: this has been a good week on RiotX. We are making progress on cross-signing and SSSS implementation. We are fixing many small annoying issues and also starting to implement little missing features to improve users' life! The big next coming feature is improvement of attachment and share to RiotX flow, already merged in the develop branch, so available in the next release.

Regarding "SSSS", uhoreg helpfully links us to https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-doc/pull/1946, and also added:

(I usually expand SSSS to "Secure Storage Something Something")

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

Matrix Dart SDK (Pattle)

MatMaul told us:

This week a pull request has been pushed to integrate directly the SQL persistence backend inside the SDK, using Moor instead of sqflite. The code is smaller and a lot more readable, and it opens some nice perspectives: Moor has a web backend using sql.js, and now uses FFI by default instead of iOS/Android bindings, which should be faster (untested). https://git.pattle.im/MatMaul/matrix-dart-sdk/tree/moor

Riot iOS

steve announced:

This week is still about cross-signing. We added support of self key verification by to_device and we are currently implementing verification by QR code at SDK level.

simplematrixlib updated

swedneck offered:

I just updated my python library, simplematrixlib, as well as py-matrix-utils, adding the ability to upload files.

ruma

jplatte offered:

Another set of new crates have been released:

  • ruma-events 0.16.0, with a few minor improvements
  • ruma-api 0.14.0 (and ruma-api-macros 0.11.0) has been released, fixing a bug where it would fail to deserialize most matrix requests if used server-side (bug found by timokoesters while experimenting with a new Rust homeserver implementation)

ruma-client-api is also continually being worked on to bring us up to date with r0.6.0 (thanks iinuwa!), but no new release was made this week.

Dept of Bots 🤖

auto-invite-matrix-bot

MTRNord offered:

I made a small utility Bot which allows you to redirect people that send messages to one of your "wrong" accounts to your "real" account.

https://github.com/MTRNord/auto-invite-matrix-bot

It currently does join on invite, invites your "real" account and sends a customizable message.

It does also support listening to multiple accounts or Homeservers.

Dad Bot, the saga

If you were in #twim:matrix.org this week you may have seen that the most popular bot was "Dad Bot"...

Dylan reported:

I made Dad Bot for Matrix which mocks users who use "i'm" or "im" in their sentences.

...and then...

Quick update about Dad Bot:

  • I added edits
  • Dad Bot now sends m.notice instead of m.text and doesn't respond to other m.notices

Thanks Dandellion, and KB1RD

...but suddenly...

DadBot 2.0.0 is already here! With the quick feedback given by the community I added all the features

  • Dad Bot will now edit the response message if the original message was edited
  • Dad Bot won't respond to other Dad Bots (lol)
  • Dad Bot won't respond to old messages on the first time syncing

What's in the works:

  • Responding with images in the message
  • Jokes! (because it's not a full dad bot without jokes)

...and finally...

I opened a room for discussions about dad bot if you want to send feedback there. #dadbot:m.dhdf.dev

lightweight reminder bot

stefan said:

I got my first silly matrix bot running last evening. It is a lightweight reminder bot. The source is over there: https://git.sr.ht/~rumpelsepp/remindbot

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

RankHostnameMedian MS
1imninja.net365
2shortestpath.dev384
3maescool.be405
4envs.net421
5matrix.vgorcum.com535
6gottliebtfreitag.de535.5
7maunium.net545.5
8queersin.space657
9asra.gr672
10saces.de795

That's all I know 🏁

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

This Week in Matrix 2020-02-14

2020-02-14 — This Week in Matrix — Ben Parsons

Matrix Live 🎙

Matrix Live now available as an audio podcast

You will know Matrix Live as a weekly video produced by the Matrix team and shared on YouTube. We are now offering the same content as an audio-only podcast, as a way of reaching more people. You can find the podcast:

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣

Are you interested in a real-life, real-time Matrix-related meetup? Can you make it to London? Join us on the 26th February at Second Home in Spitalfields! More details to follow, for now please register your interest at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/matrix-london-meetup-26th-february-2020-tickets-93320354693.

Dept of Spec 📜

Here's your weekly spec update from anoa!

MSC Status

Merged MSCs:

  • No MSCs have been merged this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

No FCPs have entered Final Comment Period this week.

New MSCs:

Random happenings

I (anoa) am still working on the re-write of mscbot. Only needs a few more touches (concern parsing [in comment threads!] and review commands) before it's ready for use.

Spec Core Team

Next week the Spec Core Team is focusing on MSC implementation.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Dendrite

Neil Alexander told us:

  • A big chunk of early SQLite work has been merged into master this week, providing support in the client API, room server, sync API, account/device/key databases, federation APIs, appservice API, public room APIs and media API. Much of this is experimental at this stage.
  • Some missing device management features have been merged (#835)
  • Configuration is now passed by reference rather than by copy (#819)
  • A number of defer-closes have been added to SQL queries (#844)
  • Some gomatrixserverlib types have been updated (#808)
  • Some initial work on retrying failed federation requests has been done, although not merged yet
  • Made it through quite a few PR reviews finally, and will be continuing to do so!

Synapse

Neil told us:

In Synapse land this week we shipped 1.10.0. Which contains a temporary hack to mitigate room alias abuse and an important bug fix for anyone trialling cross signing.

Aside from that we’re working on fixing alias abuse properly. Improving User Interactive Auth for SSO customers and rolled out our new py3 compatible sydent version.

Coming up, more e2ee UX bug fixing, and we’ll start hacking on sharding out event persistence on Synapse’s master process, which basically accounts for 40% of the CPU. The idea is to scale this function horizontally such that Matrix.org is no longer CPU bound after which point much rejoicing can occur.

Synapse Deployment

Ananace announced:

Just pushed the 1.10.0 K8s-optimized images for Synapse, this release contains the necessary scripts to also run signing key generation and upload as a step towards one-click install support for Synapse without any requirements on storage classes.

Mathijs told us:

The docker image for synapse v1.10.0 is now on mvgorcum/docker-matrix:v1.10.0 the avhost/docker-matrix:v1.10.0 will follow shortly.

Dept of Bridges 🌉

matrix-appservce-irc

Half-Shot told us:

Hey! This week we have a minor release for the IRC bridge, 0.15.2. It contains a few fixes that have been plaguing the matrix.org instances, and will hopefully smooth out some of the reconnection troubles.

Notes from the changelog:

  • The bridge will now notify you if a DM recipient is offline. (#978)
  • Fix "User did not rejoin" error when bridge debounces QUITs (#977)
  • Fix an issue where users were not rejoined to channels on netsplit/password change. (#979)

🌈 matrix-bifrost

Half-Shot told us:

Fresh off the heels of FOSDEM, we've been working on making Bifrost a smoother experience for our XMPP friends.

This week we released 0.1.5-0.1.8 which

contains quite the bundle of features and fixes. The bridge is now running on matrix.org, if you didn't hear the

news so give it a spin by following the instructions on the wiki

Matrix EmailBridge

Jojii reported:

Iam happy to announce some of the new features the Matrix-EmailBridge got recently. It's been some time since the last update came out because I had some other projects to do first.

  • A Docker image is available for the bridge which gets updated instantly.
  • Blocklist of email addresses (prevent displaying emails from certain email addresses)
  • Bugfixes

Dept of Clients 📱

RiotX news

benoit said:

A new Android developer joined the RiotX team! Onuray has started working on Monday on issues and features to get used to the codebase and the process in place.
We are currently preparing a release (v0.16.0) which contains a first implementation of poll (here is a demo), and some bugfixes.
We are still working on stabilizing the cross-signing feature, and optimizing the overall performance and stability of the application.

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Read more: https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-doc/blob/travis/msc/inline-widgets/proposals/2192-inline-widgets.md

seshat+riot-powered WebExtension

If you're looking forward to using seshat to index and search your encrypted message history, you may be interested in this work from stoic. The working title is "Riot Booster Pack" - but we're looking out for a better name!

stoic said:

Searching in encrypted rooms in the browser would be nice? I agree, so that's something I'm working on (powered by seshat). If you want to give it an early experimental spin, beware of the dragons and follow these secret steps (Riot Firefox Add-on + Linux & MacOS only, for now):

  1. Install the latest Riot Add-on Prerelease for Firefox (and don't mind the huge red warning page from Riot, skipping that is fine, it'll be gone in the next release)
  2. Adjust the Riot config.json in the Add-on preferences to include the feature_event_indexing labs feature
  3. Follow the instructions to install the Riot Booster Pack
  4. Report bugs 🐛

Riot iOS

Manu offered:

We have been spending most of our time on cross-signing to manage the m.verification.ready event and the verification by QR code. In parallel, we have fixed some issues and merged some PRs from the community.

Riot Web

Ryan said:

  • v1.5.9-rc.1 is now available at https://riot.im/staging. This includes some security improvements (adding a CSP) for self-hosted installs, options to hide typing notifications, a redesigned invite experience, as well as various bug fixes.
  • The team's main focus continues to be getting cross-signing ready for release, including polishing the verification experience, building Riot with Seshat for desktop platforms, and improving QR codes

new docker container for riot-desktop

Mathijs told us:

Cadair and me (the Matrix Doctors) have been working to make it easy to build the development version of riot-desktop. This resulted in a docker container and an azure pipeline. The latter also builds riot-desktop versions with seshat included for both linux and macOS though currently this requires manually installing sqlcipher (use brew on macOS).

Nheko

Nico announced:

  • sorairolake contributed a complete japanese translation! (#116)
  • adasauce fixed an issue, where the image overlay opened always on your primary screen instead of your current screen (#114)
  • Multiple people have been trying out nheko on their PinePhone or Librem 5. There were some successes, but part of the UI was never intended for that size and there is a nasty crash in the recent nightly, probably related to the networking code/library. We've been working on fixing those issues.
  • There are now nightly flatpak bundles. Stable releases will still be on Flathub, but if you want to try out the development builds, you can download and install those bundles manually.

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Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

Famedly Dart SDK E2E Preview

Krille reported:

I'm going to finish the implementation of end to end encryption in our new Famedly Dart SDK. Here is a little preview:

Check it out: https://gitlab.com/famedly/famedlysdk/

matrix-bot-sdk v0.5.0 released!

TravisR announced:

matrix-bot-sdk has just released v0.5.0 which includes some new helper functions, async storage providers, and a new SynchronousMatrixClient for when you really need things to happen in a specific order. Check out the diff here: https://github.com/turt2live/matrix-js-bot-sdk/compare/v0.4.1...v0.5.0

ruma

jplatte offered:

  • We released ruma-client-api 0.6.0, with lots of updated API revisions (and also lots of breaking changes). The changelog can be found here
  • ruma-client 0.3.0 is out of beta! This release contains
    • access to the raw http response for non-success responses
    • async/await support 🎉

Ruby SDK

Ananace told us:

Just pushed version 2.0(.0) of the Ruby SDK, coming with a few backwards-incompatible changes as well as a whole bunch more endpoints exposed as methods on the low-level API client. Docs have been improved tremendously, some internal methods have been properly exposed to make it easier to use in a bot context, and another example's now provided which shows a different way to use the higher-level Client abstraction.

Dept of Ops 🛠

matrix ansible modules

JCG said:

After entirely too much time, I finally present my 5 new and improved matrix ansible modules.

  • matrix-notification: This is a port of my upstream matrix module over to matrix-nio and async/await syntax
  • matrix-login: New module to log in and create an access token
  • matrix-logout: New module to log out and invalidate an access token
  • matrix-room: New module to idempotently join or create a room based on an alias
  • matrix-state: New module to idempotently set state in a room

The work on this also included sending a few patches upstream to matrix-nio, so if you want to use the last two modules, you will need to install nio from source from my PR there.

Get the modules now from https://gitlab.com/famedly/ansible/modules/matrix!

Dept of Bots 🤖

twim-o-matic ranks by score

This one is a little meta: I've made some improvements to twim-o-matic, the tooling I use to generate TWIM. One of the improvements is that the bot will now sort the output per-section, in decending order of how many reactions the entry recieved when posted in #twim:matrix.org. So, if you see something you think should be at the top, made sure to react to it!

Even as I'm typing right now I can't think this will lead to any unforeseen consequences at all.

httpdog

Aaron said:

I coded up this real complicated bot... very different from the cat one. HTTP dogs!

(actually just changed two lines in a config file 🐶)

@httpdog:raim.ist replied:

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Matrix in the News 📰

German Blog comparing Matrix to WhatsApp

Oleg offered:

German Blog basicthinking.de posted the article, which compares Riot to WhatsApp completely missing the point of the [matrix] network.

Spoiler: it was.

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

RankHostnameMedian MS
1imninja.net394
2gottliebtfreitag.de408.5
3shortestpath.dev470
4maunium.net491
5matrix.vgorcum.com557
6finallycoffee.eu561
7queersin.space585
8envs.net624
9andresco.de633.5
10kittenface.studio687

That's all I know 🏁

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

This Week in Matrix 2020-02-07

2020-02-07 — This Week in Matrix — Ben Parsons

Matrix Live 🎙

Every month (in theory), we do an in-office wrap-up of some interesting project work from the team. This Matrix Live was recorded this afternoon in the Matrix Office, and features Valere explaining Cross-Signing, and Matthew demonstrating P2P/dendrite. (Apologies for the incorrect recorded screen at times! Video came straight from a live demo!)

Dept of Spec 📜

Here's your weekly spec update!

MSC Status

Merged MSCs:

No MSCs were merged this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

No MSCs entered FCP this week.

New MSCs:

No new MSCs have been created.

Random happenings

I (anoa) have been re-writing mscbot as it hasn't gotten much development love in the past year and there's lots of features we'd like to implement. Expect to see some of that next week. First feature the new implementation has is being able to track who is in the Spec Core Team via github teams instead of a config file.

Spec Core Team update

The Spec Core Team is working on MSC2260, MSC2261, and a QR-via-SAS thing which uhoreg is currently working on (this means less complicated, easier-to-scan QR codes for verification, which may have the side effect of FOSDEM demos being slightly less hilarious).

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣

FOSDEM 2020

FOSDEM happened, Matrix had a great time! Was awesome to see so many people at the stand, and the talks, and even at our social on Saturday night.
Congratulations to everyone who was able to buy a limited edition Matrix FOSDEM 2020 t-shirt! Check out our round-up here.

@florian:dsn.tm.kit.edu said:

Reporting from FOSDEM: Currently sitting in the Fixing healthcare data exchange with decentralized FOSS: Building a decentralized Infrastructure to fix medical data exchange in The Netherlands talk, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they also want to integrate Matrix for decentralized messaging between healthcare providers themselves and patients.

Mathijs announced:

last week was FOSDEM and it was great!

Yes we covered that.

Matrix Meetup: London, 26th February 2020

Are you interested in a real-life, real-time Matrix-related meetup? Can you make it to London? Join us on the 26th February at Second Home in Spitalfields! More details to follow, for now please register your interest at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/matrix-london-meetup-26th-february-2020-tickets-93320354693.

Dept of Services 🚀

ungleich.ch offering paid Matrix hosting

@nico:ungleich.ch told us:

I was just pointed to here by evilham because of https://twitter.com/ungleich/status/1224375895995113474 - maybe it's of interest for anyone

This is quite exciting - a new provider is offering Hosted Matrix solutions, based in Switzerland. Go check out their offering: https://ungleich.ch/u/products/hosted-matrix-chat/.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Dendrite

Neil Alexander reported:

Quite a lot has been happening in the Dendrite space, both in terms of general development, usability improvements and also further P2P experimentation post-FOSDEM. The main highlights are:

  • We have decided to require Go 1.13 for Dendrite going forward (our CI and tools have been updated to reflect this requrement)
  • Some federation testing has taken place between Dendrite and Synapse and it's looking reasonably good bar a few bugs
  • Initial support for distinguishing room versions has been added - this is the foundation work for being able to implement state resolution v2 and later room versions soon
  • The /capabilities endpoint has been implemented and now contains information about m.room_versions
  • Account data GET endpoints have been implemented
  • Guest registration should now be working - thanks to prateek2211 for the contribution!
  • The public rooms API is now wired up for roomserver events and (mostly) works for local rooms
  • Some more /sync fixes are in now
  • SQLite work is continuing thanks to Kegan's on-going efforts

We've also been really encouraged by the number of people at FOSDEM who came to speak to us about Dendrite and P2P. We're hoping to strategise further about the P2P work further in the coming weeks once Dendrite is in better shape, so watch this space!

Synapse

This week we’ve been working on alias auth rules, acme v2 support and moving groups apis onto a worker to aid performance. Sorry matrix.org has been a bit slow these past few days, we’re working on it and shipped some fixes earlier today.

Coming up are more perf improvements, more alias rules, getting sydent running in production on python 3. We’ll also ship v1.10.0 which contains some cross signing bug fixes.

Docker-matrix

Mathijs told us:

A docker image for synapse 1.10.0rc2 is available on mvgorcum/docker-matrix:v1.10.0rc2

Dept of Bridges 🌉

matrix-appservice-irc 1.15.0

Half-Shot announced:

Good people, 0.15.0 is out!. Please go ahead and read the changes and see if there is something you like :). We will be shipping this out to all the other bridges in due course :)

mautrix-telegram

Tulir said:

I released v0.7.1 that includes some minor bugfixes, then added a !tg backfill command to backfill all history since the last bridged message. Future improvements may include more control over how many messages to backfill, automatically backfilling for new portals and freezing incoming message handling when a backfill is in progress.

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

maubot

There's a new maubot plugin to post http.cat pictures to a room. It's installed into Cat Disruptor 6000 and can of course be self-hosted too. It has one command: !http \<status\>, that gets https://http.cat/<status>.jpg and posts it to the room.

mautrix-manager

Some time ago I also made this thing: https://github.com/tulir/mautrix-manager. It might theoretically do something useful in the future, such as allowing users to log into bridges from a single website instead of by talking to many bots. Currently it only does telegram and maybe facebook, but at least it has a fancy login UI. It could also support being embedded into Riot as a widget and/or integration manager at some point, since I made the auth thing with Matrix's OpenID feature and MSC1961.

Quotient project revived

kitsune told us:

The Quotient project is back from hibernation now that its lead developer settled in another half of the globe; commits and PRs start moving around again. Thanks to all those patiently waiting!

Dept of Clients 📱

Nheko

Nico said:

  • You can now select more emojis in the emoji picker. (your font may not support them yet)
  • The timeline should scroll a lot faster and room switching should be a lot faster.
  • Fixed some alignment and sharpness issues in the logo
  • You can now mute rooms (or set them to mentions only)!
  • Some fixes around all kind of weird html escaping in usernames and messages.
  • Move the reply popup into the timeline to fix some alignment issues and improve the look and feel.
  • Fix an issue, where on windows the maximum database size was set to only a few bytes because of integer overflow.
  • Fix a regression when importing key backups from Riot.
  • Nheko now only sends the file name of a file as its name instead of the full path, fixing a privacy leak.

Riot WebExtension 🧩

stoic reported:

Version 1.5.8.5 is out

  • SSO Login is now supported (so mozilla.modular.im logins work 🎉)
  • Updated Riot Web to stable version 1.5.8
  • Firefox-only:
    • Now correctly reopens riot tabs that were in containers when the Add-on updates
    • General tips on how to use containers to have multiple accounts can be found on the AMO description
  • Get the Firefox Add-on here
  • Get the Chrome Extension here

Riot iOS

Manu reported:

This week, we polished the E2E by default and cross-signing features we have implemented so far.

Riot Web

Ryan offered:

  • Continuing focus on cross-signing post-FOSDEM to get everything ready for release
  • QR codes and key sharing improvements planned for delivery in the near future
  • Improved Seshat integration in Riot Desktop with more status info

Riot-Android

benoit reported:

Riot-Android (yes, the legacy app!): We have fixed the issue with SSO login with Firefox accounts, and issue with Video Call. Expect a release at the beginning of next week.

RiotX

benoit announced:

RiotX: we are still stabilizing the cross-signing implementation. Many other fixes are coming. Also SSO issue with Firefox accounts has been fixed, and we will also release a new version of the application next week.

matrix-presents

...is a matrix presentation client. The room of interest is #presents:half-shot.uk

It's also had a fair few changes since last time:

  • QR codes now render if you are the presenter, for easy joining.
  • You can react to slides as a guest, and they show up on the presenters screen :).
  • Slides and their contents are cached in indexedeb (browser storage), to lessen the load on homeservers.
  • Add UI to create rooms in the client, albeit without an editor just yet.
  • Various CSS tweaks to try and make life better.

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

RankHostnameMedian MS
1imninja.net435
2helsinki-systems.de449
3lyseo.edu.ouka.fi450.5
4encom.eu.org463.5
5matrix.vgorcum.com525
6maunium.net547
7gottliebtfreitag.de563
8neko.dev716
9openastronomy.org736
10t2bot.io755

That's all I know 🏁

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

This Week in Matrix 2020-01-31

2020-01-31 — This Week in Matrix — Ben Parsons

Dept of Status of Matrix 🌡

This weekend Matrix will be well represented at FOSDEM! We'll have a stand (come visit!), but also note that we have THREE speaking slots (all on Sunday):

No Matrix Live today - look out for a special edition this weekend!

FOSDEM logo

Dept of Spec 📜

Spec

anoa told us:

Here's your weekly spec update!

MSC Status

Merged MSCs:

No MSCs were merged this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

No MSCs entered FCP this week.

New MSCs:

Random happenings

MSC2260: Update the auth rules for m.room.aliases events and MSC2261: Allow m.room.aliases events to be redacted by room admins are being progressed to help address ongoing alias spam, while [WIP] MSC1543: Key verification using QR codes has been updated as the feature is being implemented for cross-signing - to be demoed as FOSDEM this weekend! Sorunome's MSC2403: Add "knock" feature

Spec Core Team update

The Spec Core Team is still working on implementation. Expect things to ramp up again after FOSDEM! (Looking forward to seeing some of you there!)

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Neil offered:

This week we’ve been continuing our E2EE UX bug hunt, getting Sydent ready for python 3, working on alias rules (MSC2260, 2261) and fixing some bugs in our ACME support.

Next week, we’ll ship the new improved Sydent, keep going with alias rules and dust off our master process sharding plans.

Synapse Deployment

Many projects updated:

Ananace announced:

Just pushed updated 1.9.1 tags for the K8s-optimized Synapse images, including support - and example config - for running with securityContext features enabled. With a separate media repo, it's now fully possible to run these images without root, and in completely read-only environment.

Mathijs announced:

The synapse 1.9.1 release images are available on avhost/docker-matrix:v1.9.1 and mvgorcum/docker-matrix:v1.9.1 The latter image also contains simple-antispam

and then

A docker image for synapse 1.10.0rc1 is available on mvgorcum/docker-matrix:v1.10.0rc1

ma1sd 2.3.0 released

ma1uta announced:

ma1sd 2.3.0 https://github.com/ma1uta/ma1sd/releases/tag/2.3.0 Changes:

  • Load DNS overwrite config on startup (from https://github.com/NullIsNot0)
  • Remove duplicates from identity store before email notifications (from https://github.com/NullIsNot0)
  • Fix room name retrieval after Synapse dropped table room_names (from https://github.com/NullIsNot0)
  • Add logging configuration. Add --dump and --dump-and-exit options to just print the full configuration.
  • Add the postgresql backend for internal storage.
  • Improve logging configuration. Introduce the root and the app log levels.

Dept of Bridges 🌉

mx-puppet-bridge

sorunome offered:

mx-puppet-bridge got some updates!

  • way more tests (still not good enough test coverage, though!)
  • enhanced reaction support (reaction deletions/redactions are now properly bridged from and to matrix)
  • presence status now sets im.vector.user_status event to be in line with riots status labs feature (why doesn't riot just use the spec on presence status here?!)
  • add a message deduplicator class that protocol implementations with echo back can easily implement
  • fix various small bugs

As always, if you have any questions check out the support channel and please consider to donate! (Thanks sooooo much to everyone who donated so far!) 🦊

matrix-slack-parser

matrix-slack-parser is, similar to matrix-discord-parser, a parser for slack->matrix and matrix->slack messages. It has been created over this week and does proper parsing (meaning HTML parsing and slack blocks, etc.). mx-puppet-slack already implements this, which leaves matrix-appservice-slack to follow suit! (cadair expressed interest, so looking forward to that!)

Dept of Clients 📱

Nheko

@deepbluev7:neko.dev offered:

Nheko has added support kicking, inviting and banning/unbanning via the commands /kick, /invite, /ban and /unban with an optional reason specified after the userid. Kick and Ban buttons were also enabled for the userprofile. Furthermore some shortcuts for switching rooms (Ctrl+Up/Down) and paginating the timeline (PgUp/PgDown) were added. The shortcuts may change in the future though, so if those don't work for you, please give us feedback in #nheko-reborn:matrix.org or via the issue!

RiotX cross-signing implementation

benoit said:

RiotX: the team is mainly working on cross-signing implementation and device verification with QR code. It's nearly there https://twitter.com/matrixdotorg/status/1223205391531683845 !

FluffyChat Flutter is getting a Dark Mode

MTRNord said:

Sneak Peak of the next FluffyChat Flutter Update :)

FluffyChat Flutter is getting a Dark Mode for both mobile and web. Including a AMOLED compatible color version.

FluffyChat-Flutter

Dept of Bots 🤖

New Project: Pluggable Chatbot (PCB) written in Go

@sava:chat.zorbiro.com announced:

I started a new Pluggable Chatbot (PCB) written in Go. Still early development, but working hard on it. Bot is pluggable, meaning more functionality can be easily added to it. Check it out at https://github.com/srados/pcb.
Currently there are two examples available: echo and uppercase.

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

RankHostnameMedian MS
1matrix.jhell.org335
2server.matrix4ulm.de357.5
3remi.im383
4gottliebtfreitag.de386
5dodsorf.as443
6maunium.net453.5
7rcel.li470
8miniwa.space509.5
9aegiszero.is521
10geekbundle.org526

Final Thoughts 💭

Half-Shot offered:

I know it's a bit naughty to post rooms in here, but for developers looking to play around with Vue.js (with matrix), we've created a support room over at #vue:half-shot.uk

That's all I know 🏁

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

This Week in Matrix 2020-01-24

2020-01-24 — This Week in Matrix — Ben Parsons

Matrix Live 🎙

Half-Shot talks to Neil about his new(ish) project, matrix-presents

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa reported:

Here are your spec updates for this week!

Merged MSCs:

  • No MSCs were merged this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs currently in Final Comment Period

New MSCs:

The Spec Core Team is still working on implementation, and likely will continue to be until after FOSDEM.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Dendrite / P2P

Neil Alexander announced:

A fairly big PR was merged into Dendrite yesterday (and some more fixes today) which gets /sync working better and adds the /messages endpoint, so it's now actually possible to paginate around in channels and to see room history. This massively improves the user experience when logging into a Dendrite homeserver.

In addition, another small PR was merged to fix Riot user login in the normal login workflow (not registration) and the public rooms API has been wired up for roomserver events.

A couple of changes have also been merged into gomatrixserverlib, mostly fixing the creation of /backfill requests and allowing the use of custom http.Transports for federation traffic.

P2P work is continuing - stay tuned!

Synapse 1.9.0

Neil said:

This week we shipped 1.9.0 which contained new admin API endpoints as well as bug fixes for existing ones. Aside from that, we’ve been continuing on our E2EE UX bug hunt and python3ing sydent.

Next week, we’ll keep going on the e2ee ux bug hunt and sydent work. As well as dusting off MSCs 2260 2261 to improve room aliases management.

Deploying Synapse

Several packaging projects have been updated to deploy the new version:

Dept of Bridges 🌉

matrix-appservice-IRC hits 0.14.1

Half-Shot said:

Hello wannabe IRC and Matrix users! Today the bridge team bring you the 0.14.X series of the irc bridge. This is the mammoth release featuring all the Typescript changes and postgres stuff. The Postgres changes aren't as essential as they are for Synapse, but useful if you run a ~20k Freenode bridge.

The highlights are:

  • Typescript is now used everywhere across the project, bringing a range of refactors.
  • Postgresql support has landed, while still retaining NeDB support for the present.
  • Storing your password will now cause a seamless reconnect to the IRC network, allowing you to set a password without having to bother NickServ.
  • Sentry.io support has landed, to trace errors in the bridge.
  • Added a reapUsers API endpoint, which allows the bridge to automatically prune users who have not interacted with the bridge for a long time.

Some of these features are still more experimental than others, so the next release hopes to clean up a lot of the outstanding bugs. That's all from us for now :)

mx-puppet-bridge

sorunome said:

A lot happened on the mx-puppet-bridge front! Mostly documentation and code cleanup to make future development easier.

  • Introduce better documentation and a sample config
  • Introduce a demonstration protocol implementation, mx-puppet-echo, meant to help those out who want to write their own protocol implementation
  • Eliminate tripple-usage of room/channel/chan, it's just called "room" everywhere now
  • Split matrix event handling and remote event handling into their own files/classes
  • Eliminate all usage of the any keyword, with the help of matrix-js-bot-sdk's event models
  • Start writing tests to, well, auto-test the library
  • Various small bugfixes

As always, feel free to drop by the support room and please consider to donate!

matrix-discord-parser

sorunome also added:

matrix-discord-parser is the joint matrix->discord and discord->matrix parser that both mx-puppet-discord and matrix-appservice-discord use. For sending messages matrix->discord optional auto-detection of code language for code blocks using highlight.js has been implemented.

Dept of Clients 📱

Riot WebExt 🧩

stoic annouced this pretty cool project:

Always wanted to host your own version of Riot Web locally but never came around doing it? Meet Riot WebExt, an unofficial proof of concept Browser Extension that bundles Riot Web, so everything is locally served with the click of a button. Available for Firefox and Chrome!

Firefox AMO: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/riot Chrome Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lgpdpggoahhnlmaiompkgghldllldcjh GitHub: https://github.com/stoically/riot-webext Room: #riot-webext:matrix.org

Ditto Chat [v0.2.0] released!

Annie announced Ditto Chat v0.2.0!

Ditto Chat is a Matrix Client in React Native.

Added

  • Ability to Create a New Room & Search for Users
  • Notifications for Android
  • Improved Timeline Rendering (support for m.notice)

Changed

  • Color scheme is darker / night mode
  • Improved Direct Message vs Group Detection
  • Settings Screen Design (smaller, scrolls now)
  • Loads fewer events, thus initial sync is faster

Fixed

  • Various Visual Bugs

Download Links: https://dittochat.org
Room: #ditto:elequin.io

koma and Continuum, Kotlin Matrix projects

yuforia said:

koma, Kotlin library for building clients:

  • Responses of the sync API can be received continuously using Flow (async lazy sequence) now. Compared to previous method which used Channel, Flow can be transformed and combined in a much more flexible way, and Flow stops when it's no longer being consumed, so no coroutine will be left running accidentally.

Continuum desktop client based on Koma:

  • Improve startup speed a bit more (Render more UI widgets without waiting for IO operations to finish).

FluffyChat-Flutter is now available as a web app!

MTRNord reported:

Check it out at: https://christianpauly.gitlab.io/fluffychat-flutter/

It includes everything that the Android App does except for currently notifications and file sharing.

FluffyChat-Flutter

Riot iOS

Manu told us:

This week, in the cross-signing side, we updated e2e decoration, replacing padlocks with shields. We started working on the new device list in the room member screen.

RiotX, rainbows and other new features

benoit said:

RiotX: We are making progress on cross-signing and verification by QRCode. Also we are working to improve the network detection and paused sync thread issue. But the most important is: "/rainbow" command will be available soon 🌈 !

Riot Web

TravisR told us:

We've done a lot this week, and probably even more next week:

  • Continuing on the cross-signing front with support for QR code verification, verification in the right panel, a bunch of shields to indicate trust, some bootstrapping in the secret store, and more!
  • A release candidate for 1.5.8-rc.2 (please give this a test on riot.im/staging)
  • An all-new invite dialog for creating DMs and bringing people into rooms.

Dept of Interesting Projects 🛰

Tampere Hacklab information display powered by Matrix

Cos reported:

tsw from Tampere Hacklab has made a read-only client for information displays. It's still in early development but can already be tried out. https://github.com/tswfi/matrix-viewer/

matrix-viewer

Dept of Jobs 💰

Neil announced:

Are there any French speaking Sys Admins reading this? If that's you then I want you to know that https://apply.workable.com/new-vector/j/766008FB0D/ exists and if you are interested to know more you should DM me. Remote is fine - though full time only.

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

RankHostnameMedian MS
1maunium.net375
2server.matrix4ulm.de453
3matrix.vgorcum.com481
4nerdsin.space492
5calamari.space538.5
6gottliebtfreitag.de579.5
7schwifty.net669
8neko.dev679
9matrix.kiwifarms.net687
10finallycoffee.eu693

That's all I know 🏁

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

This Week in Matrix 2020-01-17

2020-01-17 — This Week in Matrix — Ben Parsons

Matrix Live 🎙

Dept of Status of Matrix 🌡

Google Summer of Code 2020

Sometimes it seems like existence is a constant loop. Cycles within cycles are replayed, with only minor differences to help us discern the current and the foregoing.
How can we endure it?

It's not all bad though! Google have announced the return of the Summer of Code programme, and have updated their website with the current year (2020) and latest information.

Matrix will be applying to be a Mentoring Organisation, as we have for several years now. This year, we'd like to open the umbrella a little. If you think your (Matrix-related) project could help mentor a student, and that you could offer a meaningful project to that student, please contact me directly. For reference, there were four students under the Matrix heading last year, of which one was assigned to work with Kitsune on encryption support in libQuotient.

FOSDEM 2020

Will you be at FOSDEM this year? Matrix will be very well represented, so please come and see us at our stand, plus attend all of the three talks we'll be conducting. Many more details to follow!

Dept of Services 🚀

New from bit.nl, a public Matrix Homeserver focused on the Dutch market. Read the announcement and sign up here.

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa offered:

Here are this week's spec 🐕️ updates!

Merged MSCs:

No MSCs were merged this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

No MSCs are in Final Comment Period.

New MSCs:

The Spec Core Team is still working on implementation, and likely will continue to be until after FOSDEM.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Dendrite / P2P

Neil Alexander reported:

I've spent some time this week experimenting with integrating libp2p into dendrite and gomatrixserverlib to understand if we can get link-local homeserver discovery working along with direct or indirect federation. It's still early at the moment but I have had success with early federation requests working over libp2p—hopefully I'll have something interesting to show soon!

dendrite in riot

Synapse

Neil reported:

This week we’ve been continuing to work on migrating sydent to py3, improving admin tooling and working on fixing e2ee bugs. We’re also looking to make changes to allow admins the power to remove room aliases (MSCs 2260 2261).

Dept of Built on Matrix 🏗

Matrix Presents 📽️

Half-Shot told us:

What is it? Slideshows in Matrix, basically using the matrix room / event primitives to construct presentable federated slide shows.

What's new this week you ask? Well, it breaks less. It also does other neat things.

  • Supports guests for viewing presentations, including the ability to specify a guest HS via the URL.
  • Supports code highlighting in the presentation.
  • Lots of CSS fixes to make slides line up properly.
  • A fullscreen mode, which is actually unobstructive and quite handy.
  • Presenter mode, which allows you to switch between following the presenters view of the room, and being able to view at your own leasure.
  • Room joins now actually work, so you can be linked to a slide and expect to be able to view it.

Come check us out at #presents:half-shot.uk

Dept of Bridges 🌉

matrix-imposter-bot, interesting relay idea

@mr_johnson22:matrix.org said:

matrix-imposter-bot - A bot that uses your account to repeat other people's messages. This gives relay-bot capabilities to puppet-only bridges. For more details, see https://github.com/mrjohnson22/matrix-imposter-bot

mx-puppet-bridge and other soru adventures

sorunome told us:

Will the development ever stop? Who knows! Here's the latest mx-puppet-bridge updates:

  • Fix unbridging of direct chats
  • Allow room-specific ghost avatar and name overrides
  • Enhanced logging config
  • Ability to configure name patterns for users/rooms/groups

mx-puppet-discord

Of course mx-puppet-discord received some updates, too!

  • Receive notification on friends request
  • Add optional profile syncing
  • Implement guild-specific nicknames
  • Implement variables for name patterns

mx-puppet-slack

What, mx-puppet-slack updates? Yay!

  • Set external_url field
  • Implement variables for name patterns

As always, if you have any questions, please drop by the support chat and consider to donate! 🦊🦊🦊

Dept of Clients 📱

Nheko replies rendering

@deepbluev7:neko.dev said:

I added pretty rendering of replies to nheko. It uses the same rendering as for normal messages, so you will see an image being replied to and you can even play a replied to video. You can also click on the reply to navigate to that part of the history.

RiotX: Release v0.13.0

benoit said:

RiotX: Release v0.13.0 has been uploaded today to the PlayStore and should follow in F-Droid store. It contains typing notification feature, and new screens for Room profile and room members list, and new screen for Room Member profile. Those new screens are still missing a lots of features, that will be implemented in the next weeks. For F-Droid version, it contains a fix on the broken background sync. We are also making big progress on cross-signing implementation, and we have started to write integration tests on the SDK.

@bubu:bubu1.eu told us:

RiotX is now available via the f-droid.org repository here: https://f-droid.org/packages/im.vector.riotx/

Riot iOS

Manu announced:

We are still working hard on the implementation of cross-signing.

Riot Web Cross-signing update

Thanks to Ryan from the team:

All of this is part of cross-signing:

  • Room shield decoration added
  • New post-login device verification flow
  • Toasts added to verify a new session
  • Will begin working on post-login / registration bootstrapping flows

Fractal

Alexandre Franke reported:

In the past month, a few things happened:

  • When redacting messages, they get removed from history view.
  • Thumbnail for pasted images have been fixed.
  • A handful of languages got updated.
  • Moar refactoring.

koma + Continuum: kotlin lib and client

yuforia told us:

koma, Kotlin library for building clients:

  • Update network library ktor to latest release 1.3.0
  • Add option to use authentication with GET /_matrix/client/r0/publicRooms to fix HTTP Unauthorized errors with newer Synapse versions which may have allow_public_rooms_without_auth set to False.

Continuum desktop client based on Koma:

  • Fix empty room directory list by always using the authenticated API POST /_matrix/client/r0/publicRooms

Dept of Ops 🛠

matrix-docker-ansible-deploy updates

Slavi told us:

matrix-docker-ansible-deploy can now easily configure automatic Double Puppeting for all of its Mautrix bridges (Facebook, Hangouts, Whatsapp, Telegram). This is possible due to those bridges' integration with matrix-synapse-shared-secret-auth - yet another component that the playbook can install. Our documentation page for each bridge provides relevant information on how to get it enabled.

Also:

matrix-docker-ansible-deploy can now install and configure matrix-appservice-webhooks, thanks to a contribution from Björn Marten from netresearch. Our documentation page about Appservice Webhooks tells you how to get started.

auto-update Riot-Web script

@murz:ru-matrix.org said:

I have created simple Bash script for auto-update Riot-Web to latest version. Because https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web now have no public Wiki, I publish it as Gist here: https://gist.github.com/MurzNN/ee64f98ab2e71b886c41d55594e5dd9e

ruby-grafana-matrix ingress updates

Ananace said:

My Grafana notification ingress gem received the missing piece of functionality for configuring it for posting both m.text as well as the original m.notice messages (as well as defaulting to m.text now as the more common expectation) - for those that want the messages to also provide Matrix notifications instead of just acting as an added history/flow. This can also be configured per-rule, so that you are able to have multiple notification ingresses configured with different message types.

It's always so lovely when people - other than myself - use my projects, especially when providing feedback on them. So many simple-to-implement features that get forgotten just because they weren't part of the original MVP.

Dept of Bots 🤖

TWIM bot updated for opsdroid 0.17

@cadair:cadair.com offered:

TWIM bot has been updates to use all the new features of opsdroid 0.17 it now supports Edits, both in updating it's database and by editing messages which get posted to #twim_updates:cadair.com . Also it supports 'TWIMing' a post by the user who posted it reacting with ⭕️, this is mainly designed as an easy way to mark images as TWIM posts. 🚀

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

RankHostnameMedian MS
1bau-ha.us213.5
2foodscience.rocks254
3getflexedon.me298
4kif.rocks375
5maunium.net385
6gottliebtfreitag.de405
7netzgemeinde.eu408
8deadgoldfish.party423
9matrix.envs.net430
10lyseo.edu.ouka.fi456

That's all I know 🏁

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

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