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Setting up a Matrix chat server

Last time I started writing this post, I ended up explaining how federated services work in general, and what Matrix can do in particular. This post will describe how to set up a homeserver of your own and join the Matrix chat network. Initial considerationsI will be using the reference server implementation, Synapse. It offers two options for data storage: Postgres or SQLite. Since I only plan to use it myself, and even then I'm not sure whether I'll actually end up using it much (any chat platform is only useful if people you want to talk to actually use...

Privacy, data ownership, federation, and the Matrix chat network

Matrix is a federated chat network. If you already know what it means, feel free to skip ahead a bit. Otherwise, here's the (very terse)[1] gist of it: The gist of it There are a number of issues with chat apps. Let's disregard those of accessibility or usability - there are plenty of tools with great user experiences, so everyone can find something just right. Let's just focus on two common issues: privacy and ownership. Privacy - and I also include security in this, since you can hardly have privacy if your communication lines aren't secure[2] - determines...