Facebook, the Qt5 Web Application

This is a really cool idea, it’s a site-specific browser, similar to Fluid on OS X. This has alerts and such that come up as well, and it’ll sit in your KDE task bar. I’m digging it so far. I suspect that it’ll play nice in other DEs as well.

Facebook openDesktop.org

The app is available as a .deb as well as a source package, and many different OS’ and configurations are available. I’m using the Ubuntu package since I’m in Kubuntu land. This app does appear to be receiving updates, the most recent one according to openDesktop.org was on September 3rd, 2013.
Here are the features I see:

  • Supports SSL Facebook (very important for me since I have an ISP which engages in DPI)
  • Works with two-factor authentication with Facebook
  • Simply uses the web UI of Facebook (I see this as a plus, not a minus, that way I’m not stuck waiting for someone to implement changes that Facebook threw into an API update)
  • Very lovely Facebook blue window border, fits in very nicely

Here are some areas that I would like to see improved:

  • I’d like to be able to resize the window
  • I’d like it not to crash when something tries to use Flash (too much stuff on Flash crashes)
  • It’d be neat to not have to log in again every time I opened the app.

I think that with only some minor changes, this app could be one that I keep running in the background all the time. I’d love to see something like it for Twitter as well.
Here’s the app: Facebook openDesktop.org.

It's Good to Be Back

Well, I’ve been working on my first contribution to Kubuntu since 2007 and it feels good. I haven’t done a whole bunch yet, but I’ve gotten my feet wet. While I understand the C++ much better than I used to – having worked on it during my 9-to-5 – I’ve still got a lot to learn in C++. I really like the features in Launchpad that are new (to me, since 2007) for reviewing commits. This is a great idea, it makes the whole process of contributing much easier. Before I’d just send a patch to a mailing list, and if there were revisions then people would have to send a new diff, and then you may end up with some changes getting lost if there was a large discussion.
I’ll try to blog about my Free Software work again, no promises.