I wrote a detailed tutorial on using Riot on Linux desktop. The software was in beta back then. The first stable version, Riot 1.0 has been released a few days ago. Wonder what’s new?
New Features in Riot 1.0
Let’s look at some of the changes which were introduced in the move to Riot 1.0.
New Looks and Branding
The first thing that you see is the welcome screen which has a nice background and also a refreshed sky and dark blue logo which is cleaner and clearer than the previous logo.
The welcome screen gives you the option to sign into an existing riot account on either matrix.org or any other
Changing Homeservers and Making your own homeserver
As you can see, here you can change the
You can find an unofficial list of matrix
Internationalization and Languages.
One of the more interesting things are that the UI and everything is now il8n-aware and has been translated to catala, dansk, duetsch, Spanish along with English (US) which is/was the default when I installed. We can hope to see some more improvements in language support going ahead.
Favoriting a channel
One of the things that has changed from last time is how you favorite a channel. Now as you can see, you select the channel, click on the three vertical dots in it and then either favorite or do whatever you want with it.
Making changes to your profile and Settings
Just clicking the drop-down box beside your Avatar you get the settings box. You click on the box and it gives a wide variety of settings you can change.
As you can see there are
Encryption and E2E
One of the big things which riot has been talked about is Encryption and end-to-end encryption. This is still a work in progress.
The new release brings the focus on two enhancements in encryption: key backup and emoji device verification (still in progress).
With Riot 1.0, you can automatically backup your keys on your server. This key itself will be encrypted with a password so that it is stored securely. With this, you’ll never lose your encrypted message because you won’t lose your encryption key.
You will soon be able to verify your device with emoji now which is easier than matching long strings, isn’t it?
In the end
Using Riot requires a bit of patience. Once you get the hang of it, there is nothing like it. This decentralized messaging app becomes an important tool in the arsenal of privacy cautious people.
Riot is an important tool in the continuous effort to keep our data secure and privacy intact. The new major release makes it even more awesome. What do you think?