Slack has completely changed the way that we used to communicate to one and other. Slack allows to join multiple teams and talk to them effectively without any distraction. But Slack can be more handy, if you've Slack client in your Linux (No more web app), but slack does not have any official client for Linux. But thanks to ScudCloud! An unofficial, open-source and nice tool for using Slack in Linux. So let's see how to install & use ScudCloud in Linux distributions.
What Is Slack?
Slack is a platform where team members can communicate together by creating teams and multiple channels within a team, direct messages and even private groups. All of your conversations are searchable from a single but powerful search box. Slack can also integrate with Google Docs, Dropbox and many more.
But the slack is not just about joining teams and maintaining professional work, So many people are using Slack for learning new things and some people use it just for fun. I've joined many public channels where I could talk to different people having different skills. I have joined teams where people are talking about Programming, blogging and SEO etc. So Slack is a new platform to come together and share your skills that solve others' problems.
Because we don't have any official Slack client for Linux, so ScudCloud is there to help us integrate Slack right within our Linux. ScudCloud is just like the Slack's web interface. Once you install ScudCloud, you'll be able to manage your teams, communicate with team members, share files etc. all from your desktop app, ScudCloud.
How To Install ScudCloud In Linux?
ScudCloud can be installed on many Linux distributions, like Debian, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Mint, Arch and Fedora.
Ubuntu, Linux mint, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Linux Lite, Zorin OS and Debian etc.
You can easily install ScudCloud in Ubuntu and Debian-based Linux distributions just by adding PPA. Type the following commands one by one to add PPA, update local repositories cache and then install ScudCloud.
$ sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:rael-gc/scudcloud
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install scudcloud
ScudCloud On Arch Linux
There is a PKGBUILD available on the Arch User Repository. You can install it using whichever AUR method you use. For instance, if you use cower:
cower -d scudcloud
yum install scudcloud
yum install scudcloud
How To Use ScudCloud In Linux?
There won't be any trouble if you have used Slack on Web. This is same as web app of Slack but if you're new to Slack then the following short guide will help you alot.
First of all Create a free Slack account/Team from their website. Create a Team
After you have created a team please note down the password and email id. Now launch ScudCloud from app menu.
You will get the following screen to enter your team. Type the team you created in the first step above.
Enter your e-mail id and password and click 'Sign in'. Done!
As you can see below is my team LinuxAndUbuntu. I've three channels, two of them are predefined by Slack and one 'linux-for-everyone' is created by me. I can create more channels for different tasks or different groups of people.
I can also create a Private group that can only be joined by those to whom I invite. When I select a Channel I have all the people who are in that channel. I can type messages and send it by hitting enter. I can send files, documents, images as attachments by clicking the + 'plus' sign in the chat box.
ScudCloud is time saving and most importantly you don't have to sign in again & again. Open the ScudCloud and start conversation with team members,friends and learners. You can enable desktop notifications from Preferences in the setting menu and by enabling desktop notifications, you will get notification of each message is sent when ScudCloud is minimized.
You can play with the easy to setup ScudCloud and find new stuff from configuration and settings. You can do much more with Slack and all else I am leaving upto you to explore in the slack.