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Crappy Linux Twitter Clients

I’ve about had it with the range of Twitter clients on offer in Linux. Twitux seems capable of producing nothing but “Timeline Parse Error” messages these days, so I went looking for something else. Found two possibilities: gTwitter and Gwibber. Judging by the screenshots, Gwibber is a screen real-estate hog, so I don’t think I’ll bother with that. So that leaves gTwitter. More disappointment in store, it seems…

I install gTwitter and land at a preference window, which is fine. Entered what I thought were my credentials but they didn’t work. The gTwitter window says “Click on the Preferences button to enter username and password” but there is no such button. There’s a refresh, and a paint-brush icon in the “What are you doing?” text field, but no preferences button. I try right-clicking in the humungous top area where it says “Connection failed!” but nothing shows. The “Connection failed!” message is actually a button that loads a web page; no thanks. Clicking on the icon of a PC with two screens simply toggles the humungo-area between error message and a “Name:” label and nothing else. No sign of a “Preferences button” as advertised.

Turns out there’s an icon in the panel at the top of my screen that I have to right-click on to then get to a preferences menu! Grrr! Now since I paid the princely sum of $0.00 dollars for my Ubuntu setup, I don’t really have much recourse, but come on! It’s crapware like this that makes you wonder how Linux will ever win over the masses. I should have expected it, though, since gTwitter depends on Mono, which provides the .NET plague especially for Linux.

Oh, and now that I’ve just started Twitux one more time to confirm I got the error message right, the little bitch decides to work this time! Why on earth has it been such a right pain in the you-know-what for days on end now, and it’s only after I go flirting with another crappy Twitter client that it realises it has to put out to keep me? Crikey! Sometimes computers really piss me off!

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