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27 August 2010 @ 05:28 am
Linux, microblogging, & keeping it lean  
This is a little off topic, but Linux users may appreciate it.

I'm trying out social media tools on my Linux laptop. In particular, I've tried two microblogging clients that should make it easier to manage linked Identi.ca and Twitter accounts.

Unfortunately, neither of them look like real lean code. Gwibber (made for GNOME desktops) uses 56 MB of RAM on my machine, and Choqok (for KDE desktops) uses about 33 MB. YMMV. Note that you can run either on any Linux desktop, but you just might have to install many MB of "dependencies" - especially for the KDE option. Bottom line: Installation of Choqok will use a lot more disk space if you're not a KDE user, but Gwibber looks like it's heavier in RAM usage, which is a bigger issue for me.

Choqok would have been a huge install if I hadn't already installed some KDE apps on my laptop. KDE applications are like that - they require lots of libraries to be installed, but don't necessarily use a larger amount of RAM than a non-KDE equivalent. Choqok also has a bug where I can't use OAuth without crashing, so I can't login to Twitter - the newest version (version 1.0) apparently fixes this, so I'll wait for that to become available in the Debian repositories.

Which do I prefer? Hard to say:
  • Choqok has the lower RAM usage, and it seems to work more smoothly. It can show the context of your messages, at least for Identi.ca, without opening a separate tab or browser window. I'm still waiting for the bug-fixed version 1.0, though.
  • Gwibber has one big advantage - it offers access to many social media accounts rather than just Identi.ca and Twitter.
I'm tempted to have both running, Choqok for Identica and Twitter and Gwibber for other social media sites. But I'd rather not have about 100 MB of my 1 GB RAM used up just for this. Hoping someone can blend the strong points of these two apps, and make the code leaner, preferable without needing the KDE libraries (more like the LXDE modular approach).

Open Source microblog gives you more than Twitter

On a related note - the open source microblog site Identica looks to be way in front of Twitter - its "in context" feature is awesome, showing the whole conversation as a tree on one page. Integration with Twitter works. You can also set up your own microblogging server with the same open source software, and still connect with others using the same software, including Identica itself. Some winning points there for open source software, and a case for software freedom.
ext_242827 on August 27th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
microblogging and identi.ca
My best choice for those two is pino BUT my biggest disappointment about identi.ca is that if u get connected with a facebook account for example u cannot login with your username using any microblogging app. I solved that by setting identi.ca show me the updates at my googlechat account from a chat window using empathy or pidgin for example. Now i would use pino for twitter but the problem is that u can get facebook with gwibber.. so i use gwibber for twitter and facebook, if only pino could have facebook support it would be great. It is really lean!
chriswaterguychriswaterguy on August 27th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Re: microblogging and identi.ca
Thanks - I'll definitely try out pino!
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