Want a nice GUI to read through your Twitter (and Facebook) feeds in Ubuntu?
While the official TweetDeck site doesn’t offer a native client and it is not possible to install it on top of Adobe Air anymore (since it’s been dropped), it is possible to get TweetDeck as a wrapped web app in Ubuntu – through Chromium’s “create application shortcuts”.
Doing some web design these days, I find that Ubuntu offers a really mature stack to tackle the job with powerful applications and good OS integration. Drag’n’drop a wide spectrum of objects between applications to avoid having to browse through your files, multiple desktops to reduce window chaos and the do-one-thing-but-do-it-right philosophy stemming from the terminal era and general speed are some of the advantages that you notice quite quickly as really helpful. I’ll shortly cover some of the apps I use and their best features.
For the initial concept forming I use:
Shotwell – great for importing & organizing “inspiration” photographs; tags and grades really help a lot and it’s cool to be able to quickly colour-balance, straighten and crop photos
Nautilus – with its multiple tabs, split windows and drag’n’dropability of files, folders, & bread crumbs, it is an essential helper throughout the whole process (the dash is also a good sidekick with quick search capabilities for far-away files and apps)
Preparing our institute’s cluster for an OpenStack installation I got into the situation where I had to manually configure several servers in the same way. Of course, since repeating the same terminal commands isn’t all that fun, I went searching for a tool to simplify this. Enter Cluster SSH.