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- no vendor lock-in

- decentralized

- encrypted/private/secure

- open-source

It's like irc or email for private decentralized encrypted chat.




Matrix isn't really decentralized. It's federated.


In Matrix the conversations really are decentralised, not federated, over the servers - they are replicated over the nodes just as you would with git or a blockchain. Meanwhile we’re actively working on running servers clientside, at which point it becomes fully p2p as well as decentralised if you want that.


Right, I meant federated in that each user is expected to connect to a home server, not to "the network". Running the server locally on the user's device definitely changes the picture.


> we’re actively working on running servers clientside, at which point it becomes fully p2p as well as decentralised if you want that.

Where can I read more about this?


Federation is a form of decentralization.


Also you can host a completely isolated matrix server, that does not connect to "the Matrix network"


For example, every client could choose to run its own server to have a perfectly decentralized network. Federation is a feature that allows for greater than 1:1 mapping between clients and servers.


No, decentralization is invented alongside the blockchain and nothing without a blockchain is decentralized. :)


No, you don't need a blockchain for decentralization. Also, you don't need a blockchain[0].

[0]: https://thomaslarock.com/2018/11/no-you-dont-need-a-blockcha...


I believe you missed a joke.


Gosh, I did miss it actually, my bad. Mild autism, I suppose, I often take words literally, esp. when there are no facial/voice tone cues.


I think a useful way of looking at it is that the rooms are decentralized, i.e. not owned by a single server, but the user accounts are (for now).


> but the user accounts are (for now)

aren't? If so can you explain?


yes, I meant they aren't




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