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How To Use Telegram From The Command Line

telegram logoAll weekend I’ve been itching to write about telegram-cli, a command-line interface to—faux gasp of surprise—the Telegram messaging service. Naturally, because I have something I’m keen to write about, the Wi-Fi in the coffee shop is acting up. As I’m relying on a ropey 3G tether (complete with 750MB data cap) I haven’t actually been able to […]

This post, How To Use Telegram From The Command Line, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Quick Updates: Variety Wallpaper Changer, WebTorrent Desktop, Oomox, Telegram Purple, OBS Studio

Variety 0.6.2

Variety wallpaper changer

Variety is a wallpaper changer that can automatically download wallpapers from various sources, like Flikr, Wallhaven, Bing Photo of the Day, Unslash, Desktoppr, NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, as well as a live wallpaper of the world sunlight map. It can also automatically fetch wallpapers recommended by other Variety users.
The app was updated recently with a new “safe mode” option, which can be used to avoid NSFW and sketchy images. This feature relies on user ratings, so it’s not perfect, at least until more users rate the wallpapers.

The option can be found in the Variety preferences, on the General tab.

Also, the anonymous stats reporting feature, which was added in Variety 0.6.0, is now live (until now it didn’t actually report anything). This can be turned off from the Variety options (Preferences > Sync and social > Usage statistics).

More about these changes, HERE.

To install the latest Variety in Ubuntu / Linux Mint and derivatives, you can use its official PPA. To add the PPA and install Variety, run the following commands in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install variety

For other Linux distributions, see the Variety installation page.

WebTorrent Desktop 0.10.0

WebTorrent Desktop

WebTorrent Desktop is a simple, open source BitTorrent client that lets you stream torrents, either locally, or to AirPlay, Chromecast, and DLNA.
The app is available for Linux, Windows and Mac and it comes with a very basic user interface, which allows dropping torrent files or pasting magnet links to start streaming.

For more about WebTorrent desktop, check out our initial article: WebTorrent Desktop Is A New Streaming BitTorrent Client With Chromecast, AirPlay And DLNA Support

WebTorrent Desktop 0.10.0 was released recently, and it includes changes such as:

  • drag’n’drop magent links is now supported;
  • Linux: show badge count for completed torrent downloads (note: this doesn’t seem to work with Unity Launcher under Ubuntu 16.04);
  • Linux: Fix menubar not hiding after entering fullscreen;
  • the user interface now uses React to improve rendering speed;
  • updated Electron to 1.3.2, which should fix some bugs, including some startup crashes on Linux and Mac;
  • more.

Download WebTorrent Desktop

Oomox 0.22

Oomox

Oomox is a tool used to generate color variations of the popular Numix GTK2/3 theme. The app also supports recoloring icons.

More about OOmox in our initial article: Easily Create Your Own Numix-Based GTK Themes With Oomox

Oomox 0.22.0 (quickly followed by 0.22.1), released recently, includes 3 new Gnome-Colors themes, a new theme pack, called Popart, and various other improvements and bug fixes.

A complete changelog can be found HERE.

Ubuntu 16.04 and 15.10 / Linux Mint 18 users can install Oomox by using the main WebUpd8 PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install oomox

If you don’t want to add the PPA, you can grab the deb from HERE.

Download Oomox

Telegram Purple 1.3.0

Telegram Purple is a Pidgin plugin which adds support for Telegram.

For more information, see our initial article: Add Telegram Support To Pidgin With Telegram Purple 

The plugin was updated to version 1.3.0, which brings channel / supergroup support, option to send code tags in markdown “backtick” format, and various fixes.

Ubuntu 16.04, 15.10, and 14.04 / Linux Mint 18 and 17.x users can install it by using the main WebUpd8 PPA. Add the PPA and install Telegram Purple using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telegram-purple

Or grab the deb from HERE.

Download Telegram Purple

OBS Studio 0.15.4

OBS Studio Linux

OBS Studio is a free, open source app for video recording and live streaming (for e.g. Twitch.tv). 
In Linux, OBS allows recording a window or a monitor, on top of which you can add various overlays such as an image, text, webcam or media source and of course, audio input (microphone) and output (the game, a music player, etc.), with various options.

For more about OBS Studio, check out our initial article: How To Stream To Twitch From Linux Using OBS Studio

OBS Studio 0.15.3 (quickly followed by 0.15.4 as a hotfix release), released recently, includes changes such as:
  • added a noise suppression audio filter;
  • added “Luma Wipe” transition;
  • added the ability to lock the preview;
  • added all supported file types to VLC video source when browsing;
  • added the ability to add URLs to VLC video source;
  • added “Bind to IP” network option in advanced settings allowing users to specify which network adapter/address to stream from;
  • Linux: Fixed a display issue with projectors on certain window managers;
  • Linux: Fixed a bug where studio mode wouldn’t display window captures in the program (output) view;
  • more.

The stable OBS Studio PPA wasn’t updated with the latest 0.15.4 version, and it currently provides version 0.15.1. To add the PPA and install OBS Studio (note: requires FFmpeg – on Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17.x, you’ll need a FFmpeg PPA – here’s one) in Ubuntu 16.04 / 15.10 / 14.04 or Linux Mint 18 / 17.x, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install obs-studio

The latest OBS Studio 0.15.4 is available in its official unstable PPA (not recommended).

Download OBS Studio

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A Telegram Snap Package Is Available on Ubuntu 16.04

telegram logoUsing Ubuntu 16.04 and want to install the official Telegram Linux app? Don’t run off to the official website to get the official binary: there’s now a Telegram app snap package available on Ubuntu 16.04. To install it you can search for ‘telegram’ in Ubuntu Software. If you don’t mind mind flexing your fingers at the […]

This post, A Telegram Snap Package Is Available on Ubuntu 16.04, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Install The Official Telegram Desktop App In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint Via PPA

Telegram is a free, cross-platform messaging app which, according to its developers, focuses on speed and security.

Telegram Desktop Ubuntu

There are official Telegram clients for Android, iOS, WP, Mac OS X, as well as for the desktop: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (along with a web-based version, Chrome app) and quite a few unofficial clients. The official Telegram Linux desktop app is not packaged for Ubuntu so to make it easier to install, Lorenzo from atareao.es has created a PPA.

The Telegram desktop application supports desktop notifications, stickers (Telegram only has a few for now, but more will follow soon), sending and receiving attachments (documents or photos), adding contacts and so on. What it doesn’t support is sending voice messages (you can listen or download received voice messages though).
It’s important to mention that by using the PPA below, the Telegram auto-update feature won’t work so you’ll have to rely on the PPA for updating the application.

Install Telegram Desktop in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via PPA

To add the Atareao Telegram PPA and install the official Telegram Desktop application in Ubuntu / Linux Mint and derivatives, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telegram

If you encounter bugs, report them @ GitHub.

Also see:

via atareao.es, thanks to Icy EyeG for the tip!

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Add Telegram Support To Pidgin With Telegram Purple

Telegram Purple is a Pidgin (and other Libpurple-based messengers) plugin which adds support for Telegram.

Pidgin Telegram Ubuntu

The plugin is based on Telegram-cli, a full-featured terminal-based client for Telegram, and is in early (pre-alpha) development stages. Right now, it supports the following features:
  • chats / group-chats:
    • send / receive messages;
    • discover buddies/chats;
    • discover buddy state and info;
  • profile pictures: download and use profile pictures;

Features which will probably be added to Telegram Purple in the future include:
  • encrypted chats;
  • cicture, audio and video messages;
  • file transfers;
  • geolocation;
  • multiple accounts on one client;
  • respect libpurple proxy settings (implemented but untested).

If you’re looking for a more featureful Telegram client for Linux desktops, see: Sigram and Telegram Unity WebApp.

Even though it lacks some important features for now, Telegram Purple has some advantages over stand-alone solutions, like the ones mentioned above: since you can use it with Pidgin, you don’t have to open multiple chat clients and you have all your contacts in a single list. And since it’s under heavy development, we’ll hopefully see some of these missing features implemented soon.

Tip: to use the Telegram iOS or Android Emojis, download them from HERE, copy the Emoji folder to ~/.purple/smileys/ and select the new smiley theme from the Pidgin preference (Themes > Smiley Theme).

Install Telegram Purple plugin for Pidgin

To make it easier to install in Ubuntu / Linux Mint (and derivatives), I’ve packaged Telegram Purple and uploaded it to the main WebUpd8 PPA. Add the PPA and install the plugin using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telegram-purple

If you don’t want to add the PPA, you can download the Telegram Purple deb from HERE.

Arch Linux users can install the latest Telegram Purple from Git via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, check out the installation instructions available on Telegram Purple’s GitHub page.

To report bugs or contribute to Telegram Purple, see its GitHub page.

Using Telegram Purple with Pidgin

Note: to be able to use any Telegram desktop client, you must firstly install the Telegram app on your mobile device.

Using Telegram Purple with Pidgin is pretty easy. After installing the plugin (see above), start Pidgin (restart it if it was already running) and from its menu select Accounts > Manager Accounts. Here, click “Add” and from the protocol drop-down list, select Telegram.
Next, enter your phone number under “Username” (including the country prefix) and click “Add”:

Pidgin Telegram Ubuntu

The first time you add your Telegram account, a popup will be displayed, asking you to enter the Telegram code you’ve received via SMS:

Pidgin Telegram Ubuntu

Enter the code and you’re done setting up Telegram with Pidgin.

Telegram Purple seen @ lffl.org

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