Riot

Shared workspace for the web. (Open-source Slack competitor)

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Evan Kimbrell@evankimbrell · Founder, Sprintkick
This is interesting. I know there are at least a couple open source competitors to Slack. Some are competitors, some are outright copycats. I'm definitely not thrilled with Slack's unofficial user cap so maybe open source is the way to go
Amandine Le Pape
Maker
@amandinelepape · Head of Product, Vector Creations
@evankimbrell Give it a try and let us know how it feels!
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Something new
You can read the announcement here Would love to hear the story here, and why current solutions were not quite scratching the itch
Amandine Le Pape
Maker
@amandinelepape · Head of Product, Vector Creations
@bentossell @riotchat Sure, here is more context: We believe that the fragmentation between communication apps today is nonsense, especially in the collaboration domain where working across multiple teams ends up being a real nightmare of switching between apps. If email managed to solve this, real time messaging should too! All the bots and integrations popping up are just a first step towards breaking the walls, now it's time to also connect communication apps themselves. Besides we're very attached to the fact users should own their data and have the right to choose who they want to trust with it, and whether they want to be profiled or not. So we built Riot as an opensource app, using the Matrix open standard, to give back the power to the user: the power to choose the messaging app they want to use, the power to use any integration available in an open ecosystem, to encrypt their conversations, to run their own server and fully own their data, to choose how they want to be notified, to innovate on top of an open standard. Riot (http://riot.im) is available on the Web, iOS, Android and fdroid. One can use our hosted version or run their own server. Today we provide bridges to IRC, Slack and Gitter and a bunch of others are being developed by both our team and the wider Matrix community. Similarly for the integrations GitHub is up and very soon Jira and Jenkins will follow. A Giphy bot is also around. Riot will benefit from all the bridges and integrations built for Matrix, as one of the clients of the ecosystem. See http://matrix.org for more details.
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · making ideas happen at feathrd
Interesting! I could use this in many ways :D Might wanna rebrand the whole source to Riot, gets a little confusing, but awesome stuff! Thanks for making it @ara4n & @amandinelepape :)
Amandine Le Pape
Maker
@amandinelepape · Head of Product, Vector Creations
@ambonium @ara4n Thanks, happy new users make us happy :) We might get to rebranding the sources at some point, but we focused on the more visible stuff for today.
Pietz Prove@gopietz · Media Computer Science Student
"(Open-source Slack competitor)" can we get this honest in-a-nutshell description for every product?
Graham Seymour@seymourgroup · VP Enterprise @ SD Squared
Love the direction here, however, hopped into the Web client and I'm pretty turned off by the color palette/fonts/etc. I know this must sound superficial/nitpicky, but if I'm to be in an application for much/most of the day, aesthetic/UX/UI are quite important to me. What's the level of user customizability on this? I haven't played with it too much yet. Philosophically, however... LOVE this.
Amandine Le Pape
Maker
@amandinelepape · Head of Product, Vector Creations
@seymourgroup From within the app we only provide the ability to customize room colours, however thanks to the magic of opensource you can take over some existing customization or dark themes out there, or make your own for a perfect experience! Themes will make it to the app only later unfortunately
Graham Seymour@seymourgroup · VP Enterprise @ SD Squared
@amandinelepape Very cool. This is definitely a quantum leap in accessibility. In my mind, there's an entire industry to be built around making opensource projects more accessible to less-technical users and biz stakeholders - I see stuff like Riot as a great step in that direction. Great work. :).
Amandine Le Pape
Maker
@amandinelepape · Head of Product, Vector Creations
@seymourgroup Precisely :) and thanks!