Saturday, May 23, 2015

Telegram Messenger Installation for Fedora

Telegram is a lightweight messenger platform which is easy to install, configure and use.  It is quite similar to Facebook owned Whatsapp messenger, but has the following advantages:

  1. Your chats are synchronized across all your devices  
  2. You can install and send messages from your phone, tablet and/or desktop
  3. You can send documents of any type
  4. The client is open source and is licensed under GPLv3
  5. It is free.  No ads or subscription fees
  6. There are no limits on the size of your media or chats
  7. Your messages are encrypted
The Telegram installation instructions are simple and easy to follow.  I have also created a telegram_install script which you can download and execute.  Be sure to set the script as executable first by issuing the command:  chmod +x telegram_install

The script will do the following:

  1. Check the architecture to determine if you are running 32bit or 64bit
  2. Download the appropriate version and save it as tsetup.tar.xz
  3. Extract the compressed tar file into your home directory
  4. Start the Telegram setup program
  5. Remove tsetup.tar.xz (as it is no longer needed)
Telegram will create a desktop file to allow you to click on an icon from your start menu:($HOME/.local/share/applications/telegramdesktop.desktop)

Telegram will automatically upgrade as new versions are available.

If you wish to uninstall, simply:

  1. rm $HOME/Telegram --recursive
  2. rm $HOME/.local/share/applications/telegramdesktop.desktop

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