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How to install Riot desktop (Matrix client) on Debian-based systems

Tested on Debian Mint edition, but this should work for Ubuntu too.

These instructions assume you are willing and able to use the command line— that is, open a terminal and type these lines of commands. Unlike the the official desktop install information, these instructions don't assume you already know and remember how to add a new remote source to your package manager and install from it.

First off, don't trust keys and sources given by random sites like this one. Confirm that each comes from the Riot web site's own desktop installation instructions.

Now proceed:

sudo apt-key add repo-key.asc
rm repo-key.asc

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/matrix-riot.list

And add (press i to enter insert mode):

# Riot (Matrix client)
deb jessie main
deb-src jessie main

Exit (write and quit) vim (Esc :wq), and then:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install riot-web

Now you should be able to open Riot by typing its name in your favorite launcher.

Your good to connect Riot to the default server available to all users. To set up your own Matrix server:

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