We’ve been happily using Mattermost for our community instant messaging for the past few years. We also use Mattermost internally at Canonical, and you’ll have seen a lot more of our folks engaging in their day-to-day work on the community instance.
We’ve also been looking at how we want to foster similar forms of communication in communities that have formed around other Canonical products - like Ubuntu, MAAS, LXD, etc. One of our Community Engineers outlined on the Ubuntu Discourse our plans to open a community Matrix server.
We will, over time, migrate our communities to Matrix for all of the reasons outlined in that post - including chat.charmhub.io. The timeline isn’t completely firm just yet, but we’re anticipating making the move some time in Q1 of 2024.
The data currently on https://chat.charmhub.io will remain for some time after the migration - once we’re happy that the Matrix instance is performing well, the existing Mattermost instance will be made read-only, but will persist for several months so that existing links continue to work, and content can be retrieved and migrated elsewhere if needed.
I’d like to invite you all to sign up for the service and kick the tires. Mauro has been kind enough to set up a Charmhub space at
#charmhub:ubuntu.com. There are two rooms right now
#charmhub-charmdev:ubuntu.com, but we can create more to mimic the setup on the current Mattermost instance as we need.
You can join the Charmhub Space by invite using this link
Mauro has created a space and a few rooms to showcase the power of Matrix. If you want to learn what Matrix can do for you, join this space and the rooms it contains: #UbuntuReleaseTesting:ubuntu.com. You can see GitHub, Launchpad feeds, calendar integration, notepads, Jitsi meetings, and more.
Give it a go, and let us know how you get on!