In addition to its third-party clients, secure and privacy-respecting messaging client Telegram officially released a desktop client last month. However, it seems that developers are obsessed with the messaging service. There is a new Qt based client ready for download.
The name Cutegram seems to be quite justified for the app. It uses the latest Qt libraries (version 5) and the most popular iconset (Faenza) available for Linux.
- File sending and receiving
- Secret chat (Experimental)
- Native desktop notification
- Customizable fonts
- System tray icon
- Modern GUI. Integrates with Unity. Gnome, KDE and other desktops.
- Drag and drop support to forward, delete messages and send files
- Twitter emojies
- Beautiful and smooth user interface using QML technology
- Packages for generic Linux and Ubuntu available
- Open Source and free
Packages are available for download on the Cutegram website.
If you haven’t heard about it, Telegram is a secure WhatsApp alternative. You can read more about Telegram from an earlier article here. Telegram exposes APIs for clients and a Pidgin plugin is available to use Telegram from the Linux desktop. However, the service was lacking a native client on Linux.
Telegram has now released its own Qt based native client on Linux, named Telegram Desktop. The look and feel closely follows that of the web client.
The package can be downloaded directly from the website (linked below).
Webpage: Telegram Desktop
We visited Telegram in one of our earlier articles. It is a secured WhatsApp alternative with APIs available for implementing clients on various platforms. Telegram already has multiple unofficial clients (like Sigram). But many Linux users would love the capability to communicate with Telegram contacts right from Pidgin, a popular multi-protocol chat client. Telegram-Purple is a fresh Pidgin plugin that adds Telegram support to Pidgin using libpurple.
The development is still in the early stages and basic functionality is ready. Current functional features include:
> Send/receive messages
> Discover buddies/chats
> Discover buddy state and info
- Profile Pictures
> Download and use profile pictures
- Adium Plugin
- Encrypted chats
- Picture, audio and video messages
- File transfers
- Multiple accounts on one client
- Respect libpurple proxy settings (implemented but untested)
To install the plugin on Ubuntu:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install telegram-purple
When you open Pidgin the next time, Telegram plugin will show up in the list of supported protocols. Use your phone number as the username. A verification SMS will be sent to the number. You’ll see a prompt asking for the code. Enter it and you are done.
In one of our past articles we wrote about Telegram, a secure alternative to WhatsApp. While Telegram has many clients it was lacking a native Linux client till now. Sigram fills in the gap. Let’s look at the features other than basic ones expected in any chat client:
- Awesome look and feel with a different interface and smooth animations.
- Very easy to use.
- Full media transfer support between Sigram and any other Telegram client.
- Integrated with Limoo to preview pictures.
- Open source.