I think most of us agree that WhatsApp is not the best messaging app on the market. For example Telegram gives it a thousand turns, especially once you discover its bots and start using them, but in countries like Spain WhatsApp is and will be the king because it is the app that is and will be more widespread, which ensures that we can communicate « free »with any contact with a smartphone. But it is not perfect and to be able to use it on a desktop system we depend on apps like the new one Gtk whats.
And it is that new versions for Linux of WhatsApp Web do not stop arriving, which is nothing more than a reflection of what is happening on our mobile. According to WABetaInfo, we will soon be able to use it on four independent computers, that is, it will not depend on the smartphone, but right now things are very different and, if we don't want to have to be typing on our phone, we have to use WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop (which is a desktop version of WhatsApp Web) or versions that developers create because they think they can improve something.
Gtk Whats is available on Flathub
Before continuing, I would like to say that Gtk Whats is available on Flathub, which means that to install it we must have enabled support for Flatpak packages, as long as our distribution does not include it by default. It is a modest project, like many of those available on GitHub, and the link to the page for it is this. If we want to install the package directly, we have to click on this other link.
As for what Gtk Whats offers, I can only say things like that it seems to work smoothly and that, unlike kitty, the button to put the WhatsApp interface in dark mode is more accessible. That and something curious: once the QR code has been read, WhatsApp tells me that the browser it is connected to is Safari, Apple's, not Firefox or Chrome. This probably has to do with what is written in Rust and gtk-rs.
But we must bear in mind that we are facing a first version and that, for example, the icon is not supported or will not be visible in panels like Plasma. It sure gets better in the future, but will it be before Facebook launches standalone versions of the smartphone? We will see.