Slack-like / IRC-alternative for #openbmc
patrick at stwcx.xyz
Tue Jan 17 14:26:25 AEDT 2017
I recently came across an open-source (and free) Slack / IRC alternative
called 'riot.im' (https://riot.im). The underlying protocol
(matrix.org) implements bridging between the native matrix protocol and
IRC, so we get free mirroring between the two.
I set up a channel in matrix (openbmc, obviously) and set up the bridge to
the Freenode IRC channel. If you see users with a '[m]' suffix, this is
their matrix/riot account.
Advantages of riot.im:
* You can see the log of the chat room to read back on what happened
while you were disconnected.
* Much better web-client than the Freenode one; it looks very similar
to Slack. The client is also "easier" than an IRC client for
the more casual users. (Not everyone likes a command-line IRC
client with a IRC bouncer like ZNC, I hear.)
* Mobile clients for Android and iOS, with notifications.
* Allows pictures and documents. These are also sent to IRC as a link.
Feel free to try it out in addition to or instead of IRC.
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