I have to admit that I am not a big WhatsApp fan. First because it is owned by a company that is not famous precisely for respecting the privacy of users, even though they have recently started encrypting all their end-to-end connections. Then because it has no desktop client as if they have Telegram and virtually every competing app. But not all my contacts think like me. In fact, virtually all of my contacts use it WhatsApp and not another messaging app, so I have to end up using the app now owned by Facebook. But wouldn’t it be nice if we could use WhatsApp without depending on the browser? Well this is possible thanks to Whatsie.
How to install Whatsie
Given that the official method to use WhatsApp from a desktop computer is from the WhatsApp web page, I would be surprised to see a native app in Ubuntu’s default repositories, though not too much because it does has apps in other app stores. Having said the above, you may have imagined that Whatsie cannot be installed with the command sudo apt-get install, Or not until you have used other commands before. To install Whatsie you have to open a Terminal and write the following commands:
gpg --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv-keys 1537994D gpg --export --armor 1537994D | sudo apt-key add - echo "deb https://dl.bintray.com/aluxian/deb stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install whatsie
As I see you are giving error to some users, you can also enter the repository from the browser and download the .deb package from Whatsie. Once downloaded, double-click on the package and the installation will be prepared. The web is THIS.
Chatting with WhatsApp from Whatsie
The first positive point that Whatsie and other such desktop apps have is that it does not force us to have the browser openBut these are not the only advantages. From the menu App from the top bar we can:
- Launch the application at system startup (with option to see nothing).
- Check and self-correct spelling.
- May Whatsie always be visible (Float on Top).
- Add an icon to the top bar (Tray).
- Open the links in the browser or in Electron (pop-up window).
In addition, Whatsie also allows us to use themes that are installed by default. What you see in the previous capture is the “Gray”. For everything else, its use is pretty much the same as what we would do from web.whatsapp.comBut I think it’s worth having an app, and while we wait for them to release a version that doesn’t depend on the smartphone (which I think will never come), I think Whatsie is the best option we can use in Ubuntu. What do you think?