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When you live far away from some of your best friends, you want to find some reasonable ways to stay in touch. After a while, we found out that social media and instant messaging apps are not really an answer to our needs, so we decided to give a chance to something that easily engages everyone. Most, if not all, of us know about Slack and how it (usually) improves communication within teams that use it.

However, if you want to fully own your data and e.g. have access to all archives without high pricing, you might start with some cheaper alternative. It appears there is one – Mattermost Team Edition. And that’s what we decided to try out.

In this post I want to describe how I configured my Mattermost server step by step. I made some assumptions about used hosts, distros and setup that simplified the whole process. Read more