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Birdie 2.0, an open-source twitter client for Elementary OS, now is in public beta, available in daily build PPA for test.

This beta release features:

  • An absolutely massive redesign
  • Great new pop-out media viewer
  • Automatically load more Tweets when you reach the bottom (infinite scrolling)
  • A native Instagram photo viewer
  • Circular avatars
  • Direct Messaging with conversation views
  • User account, hashtag, and link highlights
  • The icons in the timeline switcher change to alert you to new mentions and messages
  • Click the home button to return to the top of your timeline
  • Stars are out, hearts are in
  • Higher resolution images throughout
  • and much more!

birdie 2 beta

picture from birdie website

How to install Birdie 2.0 Beta in Freya:

Since it is a beta release, you may run into bugs and crashes. so if stability is crucially important for you, please wait until the final release.

1. Launch terminal from Applications launcher:

launch elementary os terminal

2. Add Birdie daily build PPA by running below command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:birdie-team/daily

Type in your password (no visual feedback when typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

birdie daily build ppa

3. Birdie 2.0 requires the latest version of Granite, so also add elementary OS Daily PPA for the dependencies via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily

4. Finally run commands to update and install birdie, the last command will also install the latest Granite and other dependencies:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install birdie

5. Since the Elementary OS daily PPA contains other unstable updates, it is recommended to remove / disable the PPA after installation.

To do so, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab, then un-check or remove the two PPAs

disable the PPAs

birdie twitter client

The development of Birdie 2.0, an open source desktop Twitter client, drops other Linux support and now is focusing on Elementary OS.

“Birdie is no longer a Twitter app for GNU/Linux, instead, it will be the best Twitter app for elementary OS.”

The Birdie Team has recently announced that the development of Birdie 2.0 is now focusing on Elementary OS and advised all other Linux users to try Corebird.

birdie twitter client

Nathan Dyer, explained why Birdie 2.0 switches to Elementary OS in the announcement:

  • Birdie 2.0 is built on APIs that are exclusive to elementary OS
  • It will integrate with Pantheon Online Accounts for system-wide login
  • data can be shared between all your favorite services and apps with advantage of both Contractor and Pantheon Online Accounts.
  • no way to be the best Twitter app on any platform

Read more at the official announcement

Download Birdie for Elementary OS:

The website provides the 1.1 release for download at the moment, available for Elementary OS Freya:

Download Birdie

Birdie is a beautiful Twitter client designed for elementary OS. It is fast, easy to use and works great. It provides all the basic Twitter features and allows you to enjoy Twitter right on your desktop.

Birdie is built by volunteers. All the source code is licensed under the GPLv3 and freely available for anyone to use, modify or share.

Birdie has been written using native technologies, like Vala and Gtk. It provides a seamless integration with elementary OS and feels like a first-class app.

birdie ubuntu 13.10

Install Birdie in Ubuntu

Birdie gets a launchpad PPA, but it is not available for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander. You can download the Deb from the link below:

32 bits for Ubuntu

64-bits for Ubuntu

Once downloaded, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below to install the DEB as well as fix dependencies.

sudo dpkg -i birdie_0.3*.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

This tutorials shows how to install the beautiful Twitter client on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint using PPA.

Birdie is a beautiful Twitter client for Linux. It is fast, easy to use and works great. It provides all the basic Twitter features and allows you to enjoy Twitter right on your desktop.

Birdie is built by volunteers. All the source code is licensed under the GPLv3 and freely available for anyone to use, modify or share.

birdie

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then follow the below steps:

1.) Copy and paste this command and run in terminal to add the ppa repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:birdie-team/stable

2.) If you already installed Synaptic Package Manager, open it and click Reload button. Search for and install birdie package:

birdie-synaptic

If not, run the below command instead:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install birdie

Enjoy!