Jun 132012

I love tweetdeck, so imagine my surprise when Adobe decided to not support AIR on linux anymore.  So until today, I had still been using the native adobe air version of tweetdeck on linux.  Yesterday though, tweetdeck would randomly lock up.  Today, it wouldn’t post or anything so I set out to install the windows version on linux using wine.  Its actually pretty damn easy and so far, no problems.

This is how you do it in 5 steps or less in ubuntu’ish linux:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine

Once you make sure you have the most up to date version of wine, you need to download Tweetdeck from http://www.tweetdeck.com

It will be a .msi file eg. TweetDeck.msi

wine msiexec /i TweetDeck.msi

When the installer starts, click on the install button then click finish.  After it is installed, you can run it from the Wine menu if you use a bloaty desktop like kde/gnome or you can run this command:

wine  ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Twitter/TweetDeck/TweetDeck.exe

If you use wbar like I do in fluxbox, then you can add these three lines to the config – which will also pipe all any wine errors to /dev/null:

i: ~/tweetdeck-icon.png
c: wine  ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Twitter/TweetDeck/TweetDeck.exe 2> /dev/null
t: TweetDeck

And here is the icon I use, so you can simply copy it to your home directory

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