It feels a little bit mean to write about an app that I know most of you won’t get to try anytime soon.
Firstly, it’s always nice to see well-designed apps of any shade, and any toolkit. Secondly, I’m big into Twitch right now (hey, those classic Sonic the Hedgehog speed runs won’t watch themselves!).
But I’m also writing about an app that isn’t built using Electron — which will please a vocal contingent among you!
Orion Twitch Client
As desktop Twitch clients go Orion is pretty spot on in what it offers.
Will it persuade fans of CLI apps and/or livestreamer?
Will it interest people who want a ready-wrapped alternative to the main Twitch.tv website?
I think it just might.
Using Orion you can search for games or channels, watch streams, chat, follow, unfollow and view profiles, and get a desktop notification when a channel you follow goes live.
Better yet, the app is cross-platform. Pre-compiled binaries for Windows and macOS — but alas not Linux — are available to download from the project’s GitHub presence.
- Login with your Twitch.tv account
- Desktop notifications
- Integrated player (mpv-based on Linux)
- Built-in chat support
- Support for live streams and VOD
Installing Orion on Ubuntu Is A Galaxy of Pain
Installing it on Ubuntu is far from straightforward. You’ll need
qmake installed, a bunch of KDE libs (including
mpv, etc.), you’ll also need to manually compile and install libcommuni from GitHub, Qt5, and QtWebEngine.
So yeah. A pinch of knowledge on how to compile software is required.
If after all that you can get the thing up and running — and don’t have to immediately sweep up the hair you pulled out getting there — do stop by to let the rest of us know how it’s going.
Oh, and if you stuff this beauty into a PPA, be sure to give a bell too!