Enter the Matrix: Install your own Matrix server on Arch Linux
2020-10-10, 14:00–14:45, Arch Conf

Come discover Matrix, the open standard for interoperable, secure and decentralised, real-time communication, and learn how to join the federation from your Arch Linux machine!


Matrix is an open standard for interoperable, secure and decentralised, real-time communication over the Internet. It can be used to power Instant Messaging, VoIP/WebRTC signaling, Internet of Things communication - or anywhere you need a standard HTTP API for publishing and subscribing to data whilst tracking the conversation history.

By self-hosting Matrix you begin to take control of your own data and your own communications. You also get to join an ever-growing federated network of over 40,000 servers, totaling over 18M users.

In this talk, I'll show you how to install Synapse, the reference Matrix server implementation, so you too can enter the Matrix.

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I’m a French software engineer currently working at Element, the company created by the founders of Matrix. I'm also a member of the Matrix.org Foundation, and a core committer on Synapse, the reference Matrix homeserver implementation.

I’m a free software enthusiast and long-time GNU/Linux user (including Arch Linux, which I’ve been running daily as my main operating system for quite a few years now), and occasionally engage into liberties and freedom of the press (h)ac(k)tivism.