Last week my employer Purism allowed me to attend the Fractal hackfest in Strasbourg. There we chatted about the future of Fractal and of the messaging applications Purism needs for the Librem 5.

Fractal will have two split:

  • a “vertical” split, separating the frontend of Fractal from its backend so we can have a shared Matrix backend;
  • a “horizontal” split, separating Fractal into two applications communicating with the Matrix backend:
    • one focusing on public rooms where you chat with strangers and most messages are noise for you (this application will be very similar to current Fractal),
    • the other focusing on private conversations with few persons where you want to read everything and which will also support SMS.

Also, hackfests are hard. 🍺😶