Twitux - a GNOME Twitter client

Microblogging service Twitter is ever popular, and is a great way for keeping in contact with your friends in real time and seeing what they are up to. What makes Twitter what it is though, is the ability to update your status and receive messages on all sorts of devices, as well as the web interface.

Twitux is a native GTK/Gnome client for Twitter.

It is now apparently in Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian repositories, install it through the package name twitux, or you can download the source here. In my case, I'm installing through the Fedora repositories.

Installing Twitux

Once installed, you launch the application and you're prompted for your Twitter username and password. Twitux uses GNOME's Keyring application to save your password, if you choose to do so. Once that's done, you immediately get shown your friends timeline.

By default, Twitux checks the timelines every five minutes, and auto-refreshes them.

Twitux public timeline

The timeline views are executed perfectly, they are compact and clear while still showing you the avatar of the Twitter user, and of course, their status updates. There's an option in Edit > Preferences to enable notifications when a new message comes in if you so wish.

As well as the normal friends and public timelines and your Direct Messages and such, you can also view a timeline of tweets for a specific friend, which is a nice feature if you want to stalk catch up with one particular person.

Updating your status from the client isn't immediately obvious, as the timeline window doesn't include an update section (in the style of Mac client Twitterrific). However, going to Twitter > New Message or pressing Ctrl-N opens a compact window where you enter your status and Send it off.

Twitux update status

There is also a feature for Direct Messages on the menu, where you select a friend from a pop-up list, and enter a message to send to them. This works well, but the use of a pop-up menu means that if you have a lot of friends on Twitter, you may have to scroll the list, which could become annoying. Not a major issue, but a possible concern for heavy Twitter users.

Twitux makes a pretty good Twitter client for your GNOME desktop. The integration with Keyring means you don't have to worry about the security of your passwords nearly as much, and the interface is clear and well designed. Recommended for all GNOME Twitter users.

And if you are a Twitter user, why not add FOSSwire to get notified of new posts here as they happen?

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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  1. # Posted on 02 April 2008 at 08:27 AM

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  2. Sean (guest)

    # Posted on 26 April 2009 at 06:43 PM

    I like Twitux, however the links and @replies are not clickable. That is an area in which Twitterfox has more functionality. But I don't have to open my browser to use Twitux so I'm sticking with that for the moment....

  3. Philip (guest)

    # Posted on 27 April 2009 at 05:21 AM

    twitux has weird bugs. It doesn't scale userpics, so if one person on your follow list has a really large user pic, that will determine the width of the userpic column, which can easily push the text outside the right margin. There is no way to reset it once it happens. You have to quit and restart.

    The second bug I've found is that the height of each row is also determined by the height of the userpic. What that means, is that if the text entered goes on to more lines than the height of the userpic, the text is clipped at the bottom.

    Looks like this app tries more to show you userpics than actual tweets.

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