[Development] Changes to Freenode's IRC

Carl Schwan carl at carlschwan.eu
Wed May 19 17:52:22 CEST 2021

Le mercredi, mai 19, 2021 5:24 PM, Shawn Rutledge <Shawn.Rutledge at qt.io> a écrit :

> > On 2021 May 19, at 17:14, Carl Schwan <carl at carlschwan.eu> wrote:
> >
> > Le mercredi, mai 19, 2021 4:49 PM, Giuseppe D'Angelo via Development <development at qt-project.org> a écrit :
> >
> > > On 19/05/2021 16:37, Andy Nichols wrote:
> > >
> > > > Rather than just move to another IRC server, we should really take this as an opportunity to move to another chat service as the official Qt Project chat. IRC has a terrible user experience and is not at all accessible for people who haven't been using it for decades like many of us. It does us a huge disservice when trying to attracting new contributors to point to our IRC. There are lots of better options out there now (which I see some of you on already), so lets move on already.
> > >
> > > The mandatory question is always the same: which ones?
> > >
> > > Do they have goals, policies, end-user agreements that are compatible
> > > with a free software project? Do they have strong privacy requirements? Etc.
> >
> > Matrix is a nice alternative. It's free software, with strong privacy
> > requirements (E2EE encryption for private chat and rooms, only need a user id + password
> > to register, ...). Also there is currently at least 7 clients written in Qt:
> > Nheko, NeoChat, Spectral, Quatermion, Kazv, Mirage and Fluffychat (Ubuntu touch edition).
> >
> > Disclaimer: I'm a co-maintainer of one of the client listed above (NeoChat).
> But which server then?  Should we run our own?  What if the admins don’t want to?  Maybe we should just use the KDE infrastructure?  Then I wonder if any changes there are on the way.

One of the advantages of Matrix is that it's federated so you can have a room
called #qt-labs:kde.org on KDE matrix server and in case someday Qt wants it's
own server, it is perfectly possible to add a new alias #qt-labls:qt.io to the
existing room and use it as main alias without having to move the existing users
to a new room.

Note that it would probably be a good idea to ask first to the KDE matrix admin
before using KDE matrix infra :)

Carl Schwan
KDE Developer

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