Tweetting in Linux

This may be a bit off topic but still, I think, useful.

Recently I had to dig a little bit into social networks (more specifically Twitter) due to a Greenpeace project.

The Twitter webpage is simple and good, and I’ve been using it for ages. However, if you want to be a little bit more sophisticated, like for instance by having multiple accounts, you may have to go for a desktop application.

Tweetdeck is known to be the best (or one of the best) for this purpose, but unfortunately the applications runs on a proprietary runtime: AIR.

Proprietary apps are usually not a good idea in Linux, the main problem being that the provider (in this case Adobe) may decide to discontinue it; this is the message you get when you try to download it in Adobe’s website:

Adobe AIR for Linux is no longer supported. To access older, unsupported versions, please read the AIR archive.
Different operating system?

First of all, I decided to look for open-source alternatives. I tried two that seemed to have good reviews: Choqok and Gwibber. Unfortunately for me, they were buggy and slow :-/ so I went back to try installing Tweetdeck on Linux.

The first thing you need to know, is that you need to install an old version. The latest runtime provided by Adobe for Linux is the 2.6 (being the latest one 3.7):

http://airdownload.adobe.com/air/lin/download/2.6/AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

After downloading it, you need to change the permissions with chmod:

chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

And then you should be able to run it by typing:

./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

If you don’t run it as root, you will need to provide the root password.

If you encounter an error during installation (I did!), you may want to export your library path to pickup the right libs:

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu

The next step is to download the Tweetdeck desktop version. Unfortunately they removed the Linux version, so you will have to go for an old one. Fortunately, you can find it here.

After installing the runtime, it should be automatically added to the system, so that you can run applications directly with it; unfortunately, the refresh was not so easy, so I opted for a restart. The next time I started, I was able to right click the Tweetdeck binary and select “install with AIR”; then you just need to follow the screens for install.

That was it! I am happily running Tweetdeck on my Ubuntu now 🙂 I hope this can also help you!

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