Matrix is a protocol for decentralized instant messaging that has recently grown in popularity. Matrix can be used for a wide range of communication tasks, such as group chats, video chats, sharing files, and bridging to existing IRC rooms. One of the easiest ways to use Matrix is the RiotIM web client or desktop application. However, Fractal is a Matrix desktop application designed for GNOME, so it arguably feels a lot more at home on Fedora Workstation, as seen here:
Fractal is a new project, and currently doesn’t support some Matrix functionality, including video chats. However, the core functionality of a basic text chat / messaging client works well. Additionally, it is clear that a lot of thought has been put into the user interface. The UI is clean, neat, and easy to navigate.
Support in Matrix for end-to-end encryption is in beta. However, Fractal currently does not support encryption.
The easiest way to install Fractal on Fedora is from Flathub. First, follow the directions in this article to set up Flathub as a third party software source.
Once Flathub is enabled as a third-party source, simply search and install Fractal from the Software app in Fedora Workstation.