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Drew DeVault has some correct criticisms of Matrix. Although I haven't run a server myself directly, I've been in close contact with people who have, and I know what a task it is.

However, DD seems to think this disqualifies Matrix all together. I'd like to think that it can overcome these difficulties, maybe with upcoming implementations like Dendrite.

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@makeworld The biggest problem with Matrix is the huge and rapidly changing API, as well as a lot of bad design decisions (e.g. JSON/HTTP polling) that would take creating a different protocol to solve.

Dendrite does not really solve any problem, it rather makes the existing ones less noticeable. Being written in Go means a lot more performance, efficiency and reliability (to the point where it can run in your phone or web browser); but complexity and bad protocol design decisions are still there.

@avalos @makeworld Matrix *already is* the different protocol. And totally needlessly aswell. There is no technical reason why they couldn't simply have gone with XMPP

@waweic @makeworld True, XMPP is probably a better choice. The XMPP ecosystem needs to grow and evolve. OMEMO needs to be fully standardized.

@avalos @makeworld It basically just needs some funding. That's the single reason why Matrix is proliferating. The protocol isn't better, it's arguably worse in many aspects. But Matrix.org got the money

@waweic @makeworld Actually, XMPP is still one of the most used chat protocols, but users are not aware because Big Tech doesn't bother talking about it.

@avalos @makeworld True, that's usually my talking point though :D

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Sadly there is nothing better though.
Xmpp is half dead.
At least in the protocol space things seems to have standardized in matrix.

@msavoritias @makeworld XMPP is half dead because nearly every Big Tech company adopted it once, developed proprietary extensions and software, then locked-in their users into their services (i.e. disabled federation and interop), and never contributed back to the XMPP project.

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That's true. Sadly matrix is a permissive license too. That's one of the things that gave me a red flag. Its not gonna go far if it allows the capitalistic companies to do anything they want.

I think though that part of the problem. Xmpp is also horribly fragmented as a protocol. There is no central specification with a bunch of requirements. So you basically end up with a lot of incompatible implementations.

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