Wednesday, August 29, 2012

How About an Official Twitter Client for Linux?

A few hours ago, on August 28th, The Linux Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, proudly announced that Inktank, Servergy and Twitter joined the organization.

Putting Inktank and Servergy aside, some of you already knew that Twitter was about to join The Linux Foundation on Tuesday, thanks to the media coverage from the past week.

So, today we are proud to announce that it's official, though Twitter’s Chris Aniszczyk is yet to deliver a keynote entitled "The OSS Behind a Tweet." at LinuxCon on Thursday, August 30th at 9:55 A.M..

"Linux and its ability to be heavily tweaked is fundamental to our technology infrastructure. [...] By joining The Linux Foundation we can support an organization that is important to us and collaborate with a community that is advancing Linux as fast as we are improving Twitter." said Chris Aniszczyk, Manager of Open Source, Twitter.

OK, reading the above makes me wanna cry. Really! Why? Because I don't have a reliable Twitter client on my Linux-powered personal computer.

Yes, I know that there are a lot of wannabe Twitter clients out there (Gwibber, Turpial, Hotot, Pidgin, etc.), but none does the job right. While the dedicated clients have lots of issues, starting with real time notifications and finishing with the flaws in their design, the others are multi-protocol clients that treat Twitter like an uninvited guest.

Looks like Twitter is using Linux on tens of thousands of machines to successfully deliver a 99.9% uptime to over 140 million active users, which spit over 400 million tweets per day.

Man, I really love Twitter, but I wonder how many of these "140 million active users" are using Linux as their main operating system and struggle hard every day to read/write tweets with a bunch of crippled apps, like me.

Yes, I'm whining, right here, right now! I don't want TweetDeck back (never really liked it anyway), all I want is a goddamn simple and easy to use Twitter client that just works. Just like the one for Mac!

If Twitter supports and loves Linux so much, like they say, then how about an official Twitter client for Linux, Twitter? Thank you!

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