[Announce] Linux Australia and related communication channels
President, Linux Australia - Sae Ra Germaine
president at linux.org.au
Fri Jun 18 23:07:41 AEST 2021
*Apologies for cross posting*
After some lengthy yet snappy deliberations, I think Linux Australia has
come up with a workable real-time chat solution that keeps everyone
connected in some sort of way. Interestingly, our IRC/Matrix channels of
communication are one of our more popular ways of engaging with our
community and it is essential that we do the right thing and make sure
we don’t segregate the community  by implementing yet another chat
platform. I will talk about 2 specific modes of communication. These
will/have been bridged so that they talk to each other.
TL;DR: we are staying, with more bridges!
Matrix will become our primary channel space. We have had a presence
here for a while now, and are taking the opportunity to make this our
official communication channel. For those new to Matrix, Element is a
great multi-platform client to get started with. Note that Matrix does
not require you run your own home-server: just choose matrix.org as your
home-server when setting up your account.
We have registered a Linux Australia “Public Space” as an experiment (as
Spaces are still in Beta) but we think that this is a great way to
centralise everything and make our Linux Australia community groups more
discoverable. You can join the space via
<https://matrix.to/#/#linux-australia:matrix.org>, from which you can
see all our rooms (aka channels).
All of our channels are also available in the directory, so you can join
without using the space:
* #linuxaus (https://matrix.to/#/#linuxaus:matrix.org
* #linuxaus-lugs (https://matrix.to/#/#linuxaus-lugs:matrix.org
* #linux.conf.au (https://matrix.to/#/#linux.conf.au:matrix.org
TL;DR: we have moved to libera.chat and any channels there will be
bridged to Matrix.
Although Matrix will be our primary platform, we will be backwards
compatible with IRC by bridging key Matrix rooms into their IRC equivalent.
We have put in an application to the libera.chat team to create what’s
called project and community groups (https://libera.chat/chanreg
<https://libera.chat/chanreg>) based around our major chat channels.
Once this has been completed we will let everyone know where to point to
(or not). Hopefully this shouldn’t take too long and we will be in touch
as soon as we know more.
#For those who aren’t in either
Join us! We will be creating some documentation on our website about
joining these specific channels shortly.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via
Email: council at linux.org.au <mailto:council at linux.org.au>
Myself - MsMaryMac
Joel - jea/Joela
Russell - rstuart
Steve - evil_steve
 https://xkcd.com/1810/ <https://xkcd.com/1810/>
 https://matrix.org/faq/ <https://matrix.org/faq/>
Sae Ra Germaine
president at linux.org.au
Linux Australia Inc
GPO Box 4788
Sydney NSW 2001
ABN 56 987 117 479
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