Ubuntu's Ken VanDine: Gwibber's backend rewritten, expect cool stuff in 13.04
Ubuntu ships by default Gwibber, a powerful social client, that allows users to use Twitter, Identi.ca, Facebook, etc, from one global interface, furthermore, adding a dedicated lens (available via Ubuntu Software Center, available by default starting with Ubuntu 12.10).
Nevertheless, various users, across the internets, are stating that, while Gwibber features a pleasant-to-the-eye interface and wide support for numerous services, lacks speed and fluidity, especially on scrolling through its displayed contacts.
Ubuntu On Air is a live event (Google+ hangout) where various Ubuntu developers (such as Jono Bacon, Jorge Castro, Ken VanDine, Robert Carr, etc) and appreciated community members are gathered in order to answer to questions submitted by users, usually covering the at-that-moment relevant Ubuntu-related news, announcements, development decisions, about-to-be-landed features, etc.
While describing various at-the-moment development updates, Ubuntu's Ken VanDine (the Gwibber's maintainer) stated that (Gwibber's) "backend is going to be much much cleaner, more robust, ..., basically they (the developers) have rewritten the Gwibber backend, so expect really cool stuff in 13.04".
Furthermore, it seems that the developers have already planned to (probably) add reply capabilities directly from inside Unity Gwibber lens in Ubuntu 13.04 (adding support to type), thus enriching the already present like, retweet, etc, functionalities (available via the Gwibber lens' Social Preview in Ubuntu 12.10).
- The new QML-based Gwibber renamed to Friends-app, available via Ubuntu 13.04's Ubuntu Software Center
- The QML-based Gwibber received visual changes and new features
- The new QML-based Gwibber received impressive refresh-content animation and monochrome icons
- The new QML-based Gwibber presented with Twitter, Facebook and identica support
- The new QML-based Gwibber available via PPA, comes with super-smooth scrolling