Ever since MSN Messenger came to life making way for Skype, I think you’ll be with me that no messaging app is so widespread. It is true that WhatsApp exists, but the absence of a desktop client that does not need to be synchronized with the mobile makes us look for more interesting alternatives. One of them is Telegram but if you are interested in groups that are more reminiscent of an IRC at the same time as modern IM applications, another interesting alternative is Slack, Application that has version for Ubuntu.
Well. We have already decided that we want to use Slack. How did we install it on Ubuntu? With the advent of Ubuntu 16.04, the Software Center, now called Ubuntu Software (which until recently was GNOME Software), includes more packages in the official repositories, such as the Kodi media player or the MAME emulator, but the application that interests us and we talk about in this post is not available in the default repositories. But the problem is not serious, much less since they fixed a problem that prevented the installation of third-party .deb packages from Ubuntu Software.
Installing Slack on Ubuntu
To install Slack on Ubuntu we must follow these simple steps:
- Let’s go to the page slack.com/downloads.
- We click on the green button that says “Download” under the Ubuntu and Fedora logo.
- If at the end of the download nothing opens automatically, we double-click on the downloaded file. This will open Ubuntu Software or, if you are using Ubuntu MAT like me, the Gdebi package installer.
- Click Install or Install Package.
- If you are prompted for the password, which is most likely, enter it and press Enter.
- And we would have it installed. Now we just have to run the app. In the standard version of Ubuntu, we can look for it from the Dash. In Ubuntu MAT, we can use Synapse.
How to start using Slack
- Once installed, we will have to enter the groups where we have been invited. To do this, the first thing we need to do, as mentioned above, is run the application we just installed.
- On the first screen that appears, we must enter the name of our group.
- Then we add the email to which we have been invited.
- In the next step we can put our password or, which is more convenient, send us a link. If we have quick and easy access to our email, I recommend sending us the link.
- Once we receive the link, we click on it.
- A window will appear asking us if we want to link such links to the Slack application. We tell him yes and we accept. It will put us in all the groups we have been invited to.
Have you tried Slack? What do you think?