Matrix

This page documents the use of the Matrix.org network and Riot chat client in the FOSS@RIT community. Matrix is a decentralized chat network while Riot is one (of many) possible clients for participating in the chat network.

How we use Matrix

Matrix is convenient for us because it offers compatibility with existing IRC networks, such as Freenode. Since the FOSS@RIT community was established on Freenode in 2010, we have a historical presence on IRC (see IRC (Freenode)). Matrix/Riot provides a modern user interface in a chat client and integrates nicely into existing IRC channels. Many FOSS@RIT community members use the Matrix network, but can communicate seamlessly with IRC channels.

For help using Matrix/Riot, refer to the following links:

RIT community

In 2017, Riot.im announced communities, a feature that groups rooms and users together (similar to a Slack team or a Discord server). (Note eventually this will be replaced by Groups-as-Rooms.) There is a RIT community on the matrix.org homeserver: +rit:matrix.org (view on Riot).

Screenshot of Communities button in Riot.im web clientScreenshot of Communities button in Riot.im web client

The RIT community is owned by @jflory7:matrix.org. At the time of writing, it is not possible to add other admins to communities.

Known rooms

The following is a list of all known Matrix rooms related to RIT or the FOSS@RIT community.

Name Room address
RIT FOSS Infrastructure #rit-foss-admin:matrix.org
RIT Free and Open Source #ritfoss:matrix.org
RIT LibreCorps #rit-librecorps:matrix.org
RIT Linux Users Group #rit-lug:matrix.org
RIT Python #rit-python:matrix.org
RIT Sustainability Chat #rit-sustainability:matrix.org
RIT Sustainability Events #rit-eco-events:matrix.org
RITlug community projects #rit-lug-projects:matrix.org
Rochester Institute of Technology #rit:matrix.org
TeleIRC #rit-lug-teleirc:matrix.org