We are deprecating access to hackint from within Matrix and will initiate the bridges shutdown after 2018/12/31. From that point on matrix rooms hosted on irc.hackint.org will become unreachable, IRC identities will be disconnected accordingly.
Providing a Matrix homeserver and bridge is a huge drain on our resources, easily exceeding the requirements for the remainder of our infrastructure. The reasons mostly come down to the following:
- memory intensiveness
- excessive logging to database, even though we're only relaying information
- clients are occasionaly not properly rejoined, but might be able to read messages nevertheless
- user connections are never culled, even when they become unused
Additionally we want to express clearly, that we disallow the bridging of Matrix in general, since some of these issues are universal to its bridging stack and at the same time intolerable.
Migration recommendations include several self-hosted, native and persistent IRC clients
as well as bridged protocols
- XMPP (multiple clients, media sharing)
and hosted options, which we will not advertise for.
After finalising our upgrade of the GroupServ interface, we now would like to announce the availability of custom group-based virtual hosts. Currently, this is an offer for hackerspaces, Freifunk communities, and FOSS projects only - other applications may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
If you are a group founder (flag +F), you can join the #hackint channel and request your vhost. Members of the group need the +v flag to have the custom virtual host offered through HostServ.
Happy New Year!
We're now providing a https-enabled webchat interface!
We replaced our Certificate Authority to support contemporary security standards. Please take the time to properly verify the new root certificate before using it.
Access from i2p is no longer possible. This is due to the resource hungry i2p software, compared to other parts of the IRC ecosystem, as well as due to very low usage, averaging only about five users. We're sorry for this and hope to remedy the situation in the future; at present, however, due to resource shortage this step has become necessary.
We have a new policy on anonymous access. Registration for anonymous users has been limited.