The Insane Difficulties of Finding a Good Linux Twitter Client

21 04 2010

Since the latest version of pino decided to become as stable as an alpha of Windows 95, I’ve been looking at other Linux native Twitter clients, and here were some of the problems I ran into:

1. Stability. Gwibber was especially bad, not managing to stay open for more than a few minutes at a time, although it was better than pino, which was crashing whenever I minimized it to the tray.

2. RAM Usage. If it weren’t for this one, I’d be using Qwit. However, Qwit is a HUGE RAM hog, taking 235+ MB of RAM when idle, which is more than Firefox with more than 30 tabs open!

3. Lack of Features. I also noticed that some basic features were missing in a few clients, such as lack of a tray icon in Buzzbird and Yasst. Twitim is a truly read-and-post only client, and I like to have a URL shortener at a minimum, and preferably a picture uploader too. Also, it doesn’t have an icon at all! I just get my “object” icon in the tray… not pretty.

So, my final vote?  Turpial. It’s a great client, albeit currently Spanish only, but Tweeting and replying/DMing is not that hard to get without reading anything anyway!

Finally, you can look forward to a more in-depth review of some of these on Allison Sharidan’s NosillaCast sometime soon!

Updating in Ubuntu Tutorial

26 03 2010

So, this is a quick tutorial, made at the request of the wonderful Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast podcast, (A technology geek podcast with an eeever so slight Macintosh bias) on how to update apps in Ubuntu 9.10.

Step 1: Open a Terminal.

Step 2: Type “sudo update-manager” without the quotes.

Step 3: Type your password when it asks you.

Step 4a: If a window opens and checks for updates, you’re good. Install the updates.

Step 4b: If no window opens and you get an “update-manager: command not found. Use sudo apt-get install update-manager to install it.” error, install it.

Step 4c: If NEITHER happens, comment on this post and I’ll add more detail. However, this should be enough to get it working.

APT in Ubuntu Tutorial

26 02 2010

This is a tutorial for the NosillaCast on how to use APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) from the command line in Ubuntu Linux.

To add a PPA in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala:

1.) Open a Terminal
2.) Type: “sudo add-apt-repository Insert-PPA-Here”, replacing “Insert-PPA-Here” with the URL of the PPA. (EG. ppa:ppa/section)

To add any other repository:

1.) Open a Terminal,

2.) Type: “sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list”

3.) Paste the APT line of the repo at the end of the document. (EG. deb karmic non-free)

4.) Save and quit

My new APT line is highlighted.

If it requires a key, add the one provided on the site (usually it doesn’t)

1.) Open a Terminal

2.) Get the key from the site. (EG. wget

3.) Add it with: “sudo apt-key add Key-Path”, replacing “Key-Path” with the path to the key. (EG. sun_vbox.asc)

Adding the key

To install a package:

1.) Open a Terminal

2.) Update the package listing: “sudo apt-get update”

The command only. The results can be seen in the next image.

2.) Type: “sudo apt-get install Package-Name”, replacing “Package-Name” with the name of the package. (EG. virtualbox-3.1)

3.) Tell it “Yes!”

4.) Wait, have a cup of coffee

5.) Run your app!

Installing VirtualBox