Cawbird, the open source GTK client for Twitter reaches its version 1.3.1

Few days ago Cawbird 1.3.1 Corrective Version Release Released which fixes some crashing behavior issuesIn addition to including some improvements and fixes for media loading and mobile devices.

For those unfamiliar with Cawbird, you should know that this is a modern and lightweight Twitter client for the GNOME 3 desktop. It features online video and image preview, list and favorite creation, tweet filtering, and full-text search. Cawbird can manage multiple Twitter accounts.

Cawbird is a fork of Corebird, which became unsupported after Twitter disabled the streaming API. Cawbird works with the new APIs and includes some fixes and modifications that have historically been patched into IBBoard's custom Corebird build on your personal Open Build Service account.

Although it should be taken into account that Due to changes to the Twitter API, Cawbird has the following limitations:

  • Cawbird will update every two minutes
  • Cawbird is not notified of the following, which will be updated on reboot:
  • Continue unfollow
  • Lock unlock
  • Mute / Unmute
  • DM removal
  • Some changes to the list

What's new in Cawbird 1.3.1?

Of the improvements that were introduced in this new corrective version of Cawbird 1.3.1 we can find that improved ability to hide all tweets in profile view when blocking or muting a user.

In addition to being fixed unlocking and sound activation when clearing local cache of blocked or muted users and loading of block lists were also made fixes before downloading the timeline or mentions to ensure that blocked or muted tweets are hidden at startup.

As well fixes were made when combining tweets and notifications settings to allow a narrower configuration dialog for mobile devices.

Of the other changes that stand out in the new version:

  • Fill progressively larger batches of tweets for profiles in case Deactivate RTs hides too many tweets so that the view does not scroll
  • A tooltip message is provided explaining why a media load failed (for example, Twitter does not support the video codec).
  • Unlock / Unlock Sound now says "Unlock" or "Unlock Sound" on the button instead of always saying "Unlock"
  • Fix in media size checks so that videos do not fail because they are larger than the image limit
  • Narrower user account list for narrow windows to avoid overflow and cropped 'profile' button.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it about this new version of Cawbird, you can check the details In the following link.

How to install Cawbird on Linux?

For those who are interested in being able to install this Twitter client on their system, they can do so by following the instructions we share below.

It is important to mention that Cawbird is found within the repositories of the main distributions Linux, plus also has community packages on Flatpak and Snap, which makes installation even easier.

For example, for those who are interested in installing the Flaptak package, they only have to execute the following command:

flatpak install --user https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/uk.co.ibboard.cawbird.flatpakref

As for those who prefer to use Snap, they can install Cawbird from a terminal by typing the following:

sudo snap install cawbird

Now as for the packages for the different Linux distributions, we can perform the installation in Ubuntu and any derivative of it by typing the following in a terminal:

echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/IBBoard:/cawbird/xUbuntu_20.04/ /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:IBBoard:cawbird.list
curl -fsSL https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:IBBoard:cawbird/xUbuntu_20.04/Release.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_IBBoard_cawbird.gpg > /dev/null
sudo apt update
sudo apt install cawbird

As for those who are Fedora users and derivatives:

sudo dnf config-manager--add-repo https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:IBBoard:cawbird/Fedora_30/home:IBBoard:cawbird.repo
sudo dnf install cawbird

While for those who are users of Arch Linux, Manjaro or any other derivative of Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -Syu cawbird

Finally for those who are opensuse users:

sudo zypper addrepo https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:IBBoard:cawbird/openSUSE_Leap_15.1/home:IBBoard:cawbird.repo
sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper install cawbird

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  1.   Seba said

    Do not bother much more with clients for Twitter that people have begun to migrate to Parler, Gab, etc. etc.
    What would be good with these applications is that they allow all these platforms to be managed at the same time