Archives For November 30, 1999

Cawbird, free and open-source GTK+ Twitter Client for Linux, released version 1.3 with many new features, improvements, bug-fixes.

Cawbird 1.3 comes with improved DM (Direct Messages). It adds ability to send media in DMs, delete DMs, load older DMs, and fixes DM load order issue.

The new release includes new Vala implementation API allows to upload videos and larger animated GIFs.

Other changes in Cawbird 1.3 include:

  • Apply filtering across all feeds (including search)
  • Apply changes to filtering, muting, blocking and hiding RTs across all feeds instantly
  • Allow the filtering of mentioned @-handles
  • Load media in DMs and linkify users and hashtags
  • Use HTTPS avatars throughout
  • Allow Compose view to shrink to narrower screens (e.g. for PinePhone)
  • Design changes, stability improvements, and bug-fixes.

How to Install Cawbird in Ubuntu:

The software developer maintains OBS repository with the packages for CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, openSUSE. You can download the deb package directly from the link below:

To receive future updates via Software Updater, you can open terminal and run following commands one by one to add the OBS repository:

  • Run command to add the cawbird repository (you may replace xUbuntu_20.04 with xUbuntu_18.04 or xUbuntu_20.10 depends on your system edition):
    echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/IBBoard:/cawbird/xUbuntu_20.04/ /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:IBBoard:cawbird.list
  • Then install the keyring via command (also replace xUbuntu_20.04 to your system edition):
    curl -fsSL https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:IBBoard:cawbird/xUbuntu_20.04/Release.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_IBBoard_cawbird.gpg > /dev/null
  • You can finally refresh package cache and install the twitter app via commands:
    sudo apt update; sudo apt install cawbird

Uninstall Cawbird:

To remove the Twitter client, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove cawbird

To remove the software repository, go to Software & Updates -> Other Software, and remove the relevant line.

GTK+ Twitter App Cawbird 1.2.0 Released (PPA)

Last updated: September 8, 2020

Cawbird, an open-source fork of Corebird Twitter client, released version 1.2.0 a few days ago with many improvements and bug-fixes.

Cawbird 1.2.0 release highlights include:

  • Resolved major accessibility issue with timelines.
  • Added ability to add and read descriptions on images
  • App window can be reduced to a narrower width and has a “responsive” layout for tweets
  • Improved thumbnail and image loading to reduce resource usage.
  • Image gallery loop back.
  • Made “Replying to” on Tweet info page list all users.
  • Reworked @-mention completion so it works with multilingual text.
  • And various bug-fixes.

How to Install Cawbird 1.2.0 in Ubuntu:

The software developer maintains Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04, as well as other Linux packages via the repository at the link below:

Select Ubuntu, then click ‘Grab binary packages directly‘ and download the .deb package for your system.

Finally install the .deb via Gdebi package installer (available in Ubuntu Software) and enjoy!

You can also add the repository to receive future updates via Software Updater (Update Manager), by running following commands one by one in terminal:

echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/IBBoard:/cawbird/xUbuntu_20.04/ /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:IBBoard:cawbird.list

curl -fsSL https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:IBBoard:cawbird/xUbuntu_20.04/Release.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home:IBBoard:cawbird.gpg > /dev/null

sudo apt update

sudo apt install cawbird

For Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19.x, replace xUbuntu_20.04 in the commands with xUbuntu_18.04.

Cawbird is a modern lightweight Twitter client for GNOME 3. It features inline image and video preview, creation of lists and favorites, filtering of tweets and full text search.

Cawbird is a fork of Corebird, which became unsupported after Twitter disabled the streaming API. Cawbird works with the new APIs and includes a few fixes and modifications that have historically been patched in to IBBoard’s custom Corebird build on his personal Open Build Service account.

Cawbird has the following limitations due to changes in the Twitter API (imposed by Twitter, not the fault of the client):

  • Cawbird will update every two minutes
  • Cawbird does not get notified of the following, which will be refreshed on restart:
    • Unfavourite
    • Follow/Unfollow
    • Block/Unblock
    • Mute/Unmute
    • DM deletion
    • Some list changes

How to Install Cawbird in Ubuntu:

The easiest way is simply search for and install cawbird from Ubuntu Software.

This is a Snap package runs in sandbox. And it’s maintained by the community.

For those prefer native .deb package, go to the developer maintained repository at the link below:

Select Ubuntu, then click ‘Grab binary packages directly‘ and download the .deb package for your system.

Finally install the .deb via Gdebi package installer (available in Ubuntu Software) and enjoy!

Corebird, a native GTK+ twitter client for the Linux desktop, reached the 1.7.4 release earlier today with some bug-fixes.

Changes in Corebird 1.7.4 include:

  • Fix tweet sending on 32bit architectures.
  • Fix a few spelling mistakes.
  • Work around a GTK+ bug increasing the window size when typing DMs.
  • Prevent the list statuses page from automatically focusing the delete button, potentially resulting in accidentally deleted lists.
  • Show a language selection context menu in the compose text view.

How to Install Corebird 1.7.4 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 17.10, Corebird 1.7.4 is available for install via the PPA repository.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Corebird if you have a previous release installed via Software Updater:

Or simply run following commands to install or upgrade Corebird:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

For Ubuntu 16.04, due to the outdated GTK+ library, choose to install the snap package.

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Corebird, use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove corebird

GTK+ 3 twitter application, Corebird, reached the 1.7.3 release a few hours ago with performance improvements and translation updates.

Changes in Corebird 1.7.3 include:

  • Increase maximum tweet length to 280 characters
  • Increase maximum name length to 50 characters and improve certain parts of the UI to cope better with longer names
  • Fix the emoji button not showing up in the compose window
  • Update translations

How to Install Corebird 1.7.1 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 17.04 and Ubuntu 17.10, you can install the new release from the PPA repository.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Corebird if you have a previous release installed via Software Updater:

Or simply run following commands to install or upgrade Corebird:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

For Ubuntu 16.04, due to the outdated GTK+ library, choose to install the snap package (The 1.7.3 snap will be available in a few days).

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Corebird, use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove corebird

Corebird, an open-source GTK+ 3 twitter client, reached 1.7 release a few hours ago with new features and some bug-fixes.

What’s new in Corebird 1.7:

  • Hashtags and Mentions in profile desriptions are now clickable
  • The mention-completion when composing a new tweet now fetches unknown users from the twitter server
  • Videos larger than the screen size are now getting scaled down while playing
  • Profiles now indicate when an account is suspended
  • Profiles handle protected accounts better when trying to access followers/following users, etc.
  • The compose window now allows tweets with just media attached but not text
  • Improve the hashtag/mention/link detection when composing a new tweet
  • The compose dialog now shows an emoji chooser. (only for GTK+ >= 3.22.19, rendered with color need cairo installed)
  • Fixed a bug that led to wrong Direct Message info being inserted into the database
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in broken files when downloading instagram images

Corebird 1.7.1 was released a few minutes later with a small fix to the appdata file in 1.7.

How to Install Corebird 1.7.1 in Ubuntu 17.10:

For Ubuntu 17.04 and Ubuntu 17.10, you can install the new release from the PPA repository.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Corebird if you have a previous release installed via Software Updater:

Or simply run following commands to install or upgrade Corebird:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

For Ubuntu 16.04, due to the outdated GTK+ library, choose to install the snap package though the 1.7 release is not ready at the moment.

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Corebird, use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove corebird

For those prefer Snap to Flapak, the latest Corebird twitter client 1.6 was finally available as snap, while it can’t be built as traditional package in Ubuntu 16.04.

Corebird 1.6 was release a few weeks ago with following changes:

  • Dependencies: GTK+ 3.20 is now required, and librest is no longer a dependency
  • Facelift for the tweet info page
  • Lots of stability fixes
  • The compose window now starts uploading images as soon as they are selected

It’s available in the PPA repository for Ubuntu 17.04, and Ubuntu 16.04 users can now install it via Snap:

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo snap install corebird

2. Gnome platform is required by running following commands one by one:

sudo snap install gnome-3-24

sudo snap connect corebird:gnome-3-24-platform gnome-3-24:gnome-3-24-platform

In addition, to open links in snap apps, you need to run following command if you don’t already have it installed:

sudo apt install snapd-xdg-open

Uninstall:

To remove Corebird snap app, simply run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove corebird

Corebird, an open-source GTK+3 twitter client, has reached the 1.6 release a day ago. Here’s how to install it in all current Ubuntu releases.

Corebird 1.6 features:

  • Dependencies: GTK+ 3.20 is now required, and librest is no longer a dependency
  • Facelift for the tweet info page
  • Lots of stability fixes
  • The compose window now starts uploading images as soon as they are selected

How to Install Corebird 1.6 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, due to the old system GTK+ 3 library, the best way to install Corebird 1.6 is using the Snap app.

Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run commands:

sudo apt install snapd && sudo snap install corebird

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

The Snap app also works on all other current Ubuntu releases. Though it is Corebird 1.5.1 at the moment of writing, the snap will automatically upgrade to version 1.6 once it’s published into snappy store.

For Ubuntu 17.10, the new release has been made into Ubuntu main repositories, simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install Corebird package.

For Ubuntu 17.04 users who prefer traditional packages than Snap app, install Corebird 1.6 via PPA:

  • Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T, and run commands one by one to add PPA:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

  • Then check updates and install or upgrade Corebird via commands:
    sudo apt update
    
    sudo apt install corebird

How to Remove:

To remove Corebird snap app, use Ubuntu Software or run command:

sudo snap remove corebird

To remove Corebird traditional package, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove corebord

To remove the PPA, launch “Software & Updates” utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

The Corebird twitter client has reached the 1.5.1 release earlier today. Only stability improvements and no other change in its release page.

Corebird 1.5.1 comes with less than 20 commits. They are mainly:

  • translation updates.
  • Fix Ubuntu 16.04 compile issue.
  • Compatible with more themes.
  • Fix double version number
  • And some other small improvements.

How to Install Corebird 1.5.1 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Corebird now is available as Snap, Flatpak, and also traditional Deb packages via PPA.

Install Corebird via Snap:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and higher, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and install corebird (1.5 at the moment of writing) via command:

sudo apt-get install snapd && sudo snap install corebird

The snap package of Corebird will be upgraded automatically once the maintainer published the new released.

Install Corebird via PPA:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, Linux Mint 18.x, you can also install Corebird 1.5.1 via the unofficial PPA (maintained by ubuntuhandbook.org).

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching “terminal” from app menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

2. Then upgrade the client via Software Updater:

or simply run commands one by on to check updates and install Corebird:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install corebird

Uninstall Corebird:

To remove the Corebird Snap package, run command:

sudo snap remove corebird

To remove Corebird installed from PPA, run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove corebird

And the PPA can be removed by Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

Corebird, native Linux twitter desktop app, has reached the 1.5 release a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, Linux Mint 18.

Corebird 1.5 brings tons of bug-fixes and various improvements:

  • Add “save as” option in right-click menu to download attached media.
  • Profiles use the profile background color set in the Twitter settings if no banner is set
  • The tweet compose window now features a “favorite image” view that allows users to save often sent images and quickly add them to tweets
  • The media dialog now shows Previous/Next buttons to quickly switch between multiple media attachments.
  • The Vine support has been removed since the project is discontinued
  • Allow text selection in Direct Messages
  • New –account parameter allows opening the window for the given account only
  • Support tweets with up to 50 replied-to users.
  • Add back verified icons next to user avatars
  • Redesigned account creation UI

How to Install Corebird 1.5 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Besides building from the source, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04 and derivatives can install Corebird 1.5 from the unofficial PPA.

1. Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) when prompts and hit Enter.

2. If you have a previous release installed on your system, launch Software Updater and upgrade Corebird after checking for updates:

Or run the commands in terminal to check updates and install corebird:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA, go to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

To remove Corebird twitter app, either use your system package management software or run command:

sudo apt remove corebird && sudo apt autoremove

If you installed Corebird 1.5 in Ubuntu 16.04, remove Gnome3 Staging PPA if everything works, or remove Corebird and downgrade GTK+3 libraries via command:

sudo apt remove corebird && sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging