As a Linux user for the past few years, I’ve come to accept quite readily that it can be awkward trying to associate services offered on other platforms such as Windows or Mac, to Linux. Well, that was over the past few years. Recently it seems there’s been quite the surge in Linux compatible, and even Linux-native applications. (Interested in video games? Check this episode of the Linux Action Show!) And while this may seem a little lackluster in intriguing content, here’s an overview of…oh boy…Linux Twitter Clients. Just a little while ago I remembered how I used to really appreciate Twitter clients on Windows. They were sleek, easy to access, and easy to use. My prior experience with Linux clients wasn’t quite so satisfying. So it’s time for a revisit.
A CLI Twitter client. Not much can be spoken for graphics as it functions purely off a
Terminal console, however it’s safe to say it’s a rather effective “no-frills” application, but with a fair amount of functionality. Simply running “twidge” won’t do much, but it provides a base of other commands to progress.
As shown in the screenshot, entereing “twidge lscommands” allows a list of usefull commands to appear offering all the required functionality in order to use twitter effectively, including following new users. That being said, use and access isn’t as fluid as one would hopefully expect of a GUI based client. CLI input only produces a single output of data, meaning there will be no continual updates. Fair ’nuff…
This used to be the client I used on Ubuntu. A plethora of options are available, and it loads relatively swiftly upon startup. There are options for multiple accounts and minimizing your icon to tray. The GUI is pretty straight forward and well organized. Corners of GUI and software are well rounded and refined (literally and figuratively). It’s easy to tweet. Disadvantages however are that you need to install allllll kinds of dependencies in order to run the KDE application. This however is no large hassle, but may take a while, and a larger amount of disk space. Obviously, if you already use KDE or something related, well, not a problem to install.
Another GUI based client. This one is tabbed, with 3 default tabs, (Timeline, Replies, and Directs , that is, Direct Messages). Then it’s the general lists of tweets and replies and messages and whoosie whatnots. Beneath, you are present with 7 other buttons. In order: Timeline/stream list, Profile settings and modifiers, Follow People, Status Update, UploadImage, Preferences, and an About.
My choice: Choqok
It was the most convenient to use. Like turpial, it was easily minimized into the icon tray, however the GUI design was much more convenient. It allowed easy switching between tabs, simple menu access, and easy tweeting, unlike turpial which involved a few more steps.