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Linux client

My team has some users on Linux, and one benefit Slack has is a Linux client. Without a Linux client on Microsoft Teams, some orgs may have to turn away in favor of Slack so everyone can participate without keeping a browser open all the time.

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      • MIka Vuokko commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        More and more people are selecting Linux Desktop for their daily driver.

        Since Mac client is based on Electron.js WHY is it taking so long to make Linux version? You could drop outlook, onedrive and videoconfering integrations from the first version. I think one coder could do this port in a very short period of time when those are dropped.

        Just give a us a solid version where chat and other basic functions work like in the web version. There is really no love for linux here.

      • Brian Cowan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please accelerate this. I have to bounce between multiple OS's, and this is something of a glaring hole.

        This has become more important since my organization blocked the api calls used by the Lync/Office Communicator Pidgin plugin.

      • ConcernedDev commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would really hate M$ less if you guys provide native linux app most employees are forcing me to use....

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, we are moving from Slack to Teams in a large org. Please at least make screen sharing work on the web version....

      • Ivan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We just need to stick with not trusted 3rd parties electron wrappers with our Corporate logins and passwords. And everything should be fine. Really

      • Shawn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We're moving from Slack to Teams, but you'd make that much easier if you add Linux support + desktop sharing then I can complete the move fully...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So how's the source code release coming along?

        Please use free (GPL) license if you really want some help and not just expose your services to security *********** testing.

      • Andreas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a weird business decision. You claim to love linux, and except for adding some powershell and bash either way, a Skype alpha and VS Code I don't see much effort to prove that you love linux. I presume you only love it since it's free code up for grabs?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We need Linux client for our engineers working in multiple platform like Mac, windows, Linux.overal teams is fine but one of the main disadv is lack of Linux client.

      • D Freeman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The wheels are turning. For sure would like an official client, but, I'm moving on..
        Installed a Linux client from an enthusiast that actually cares and actively develops. Works like a charm. Have just started rolling out at my workplace.
        If you want to try, it's on github:

      • Jason Murray commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If you want academia to embrace Microsoft, Linux support is a must. We have a number of faculty, staff, professors, and researches that use Linux desktops. Most of them use Slack because of this reason.

        I understand the user population is small, but they are vocal and influential decision makers.

        This is my +1 for Linux support from a large university.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Do you think it can be done in less than a year? It's needed to keep Linux team members in touch.

      • Charles Roddie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is no evidence that potential Teams users are more likely to be developers than the general population, and so there is no evidence that more than 2% of potential Teams users are likely to be Linux-users. (Let alone linux-only users.) And actually developers have other options: github/gitter are good choices, and azure devops will hopefully improve to be a good choice for team communication too.

        It's true this app is Electron-based but that's what makes it terrible (abysmal performance and memory consumption). Supporting Linux now would mean more investment in the Electon app, and continued investment in the Electron app makes it more likely that the other 98% of desktop users will be stuck with Electron.

      • Julian Alarcon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        User Agent for Edge 17 is working fine:
        "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/64.0.3282.140 Safari/537.36 Edge/17.17134,gzip(gfe)"

        Also, is possible to open Chrome/Chromium to an specific user agent with the argument "--user-agent="Desired User Agent"

        It worked with the Snap installation of Chromium on Ubuntu 18.04.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Sean @Charles
        if i was overly harsh, i'm sorry, but i do see it that way. being a linux user in a professional context i'd love to see those two very different systems working well together. linux and windows users have somewhat very similar ideas of what they want to do with their systems - especially in terms of customizability, hackability and freedom of choice. but what i can see is that anytime windows is offering new technologies they try to do the same as apple: lock the other users out. Oh and btw regarding the office joke. MS provides office for Linux. It's called office365 and it provides all i need to work together with other people on all platforms. So why not do the same with teams? :)

      • Sean Ellis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


        Good point about the prevalence of Linux in technical environments - there are a lot of Linux users where I work too.

        But I think you're being overly harsh on @Charles; he may simply not be in a situation where lack of Linux support is a problem, and has thus not seen the (real) need for it.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Charles Roddie
        Ridiculous comment. Not sure which world you come from, but a 2 % Market Share overall is not nothing. Plus, in some user groups, Linux has a market share very close to macOS and Windows:

        "According to a StackOverflow survey, 26.2 percent of developers use Apple's Mac operating system, while distributions based on the open-source kernel are not that far behind, having a combined 21.7 percent usage share.

        This may come as a bit of a shock, but, yes, OS X and Linux are nearly as popular as Windows among developers. In fact, according to StackOverflow, "If OS adoption rates hold steady, by next year's survey fewer than 50 percent of developers may be using Windows" -- and, obviously, OS X and Linux will come out even more popular in the process."

        Microsoft could just fix the web client and make it compatible to all operating systems. Others succeed in doing that as well. Your comment is a great example of the destructive and protectionist attitude that microsoft had here and that raises comments like the 814 before yours.

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