Ughhh... Need to get rid of WhatsApp sooner than later. Was planning on getting rid by end of the year but every time I see the icon on my phone I throw up a little so might just bring that forward a few months.


Have a look at Matrix/Riot. It's great and can be self hosted as a part of a federated network (like Mastodon).

Using it since 2 years for all internal & family chats, radius growing.

@marco I have dabbled in setting up a home server with Matrix, but found the Riot client a bit clunky and hard to encourage non-tech folk to use. The encryption functionality in particular was a but much, having to constantly confirm keys and the like.

Signed up the public Riot server the other day again to speak with somebody from Fosstodon and it did seem as though the client had been improved, so maybe something I could have another look at.



I'd say it's definitely worth a second look. Riot/Web is one of the most sophisticated web clients I know, the Smartphone Apps are also great. I've got my own Riot running on my Matrix VM.

WAF is good as well, they muss only voice messages right now (me not, I hate this voice chat thingy 😂😂😂)

I was running Mattermost for a year, checked anything else which can be self hosted (Rocket Chat etc) ... nothing can compete to Matrix/Riot IMHO.

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