I had recently started using Twitter as suggested by a friend and it seems pretty cool. But, because of its fast and lite nature I needed some “pretty” way of posting and tracking my friends on it. I did the usual thing of searching the net for gnome packages and some were ok, but most were lacking and average. Anyway, I had a look for a similar thing on my windows machine, and came across spaz. This is a “widget” type install for the new Adobe Air . The adobe air suite allows widgets like spaz and analytics reporting suite to sit on the desktop, similar to the new vista style widgets.
Anyway, enough crapping on… The cool part is that, Adobe has released a package for linux . This is sweet news that they have taken the time to develop for linux, it is only in the Alpha atm but should be in beta very shortly. Here is a pic that shows the Analytics plugin and the Spaz one :
The install is pretty straightforward:
- Download the deb package from adobe
- Run these commands on the downloaded file :
chmod +x adobeair_linux_a1_033108.bin sudo ./adobeair_linux_a1_033108.bin
The package management system should take over from here, and .air packages should be installed with a double click from then on.
The plugins that I think are pretty sweet are here :