Slack for the win!
So, why Slack? Slack is basically a “chatroom on steroids”. It serves a communication tool for everyone, especially those who need effective teamwork. It features private and group communication in an interesting manner. Slack is fun, to be honest.
Over the course of time, Slack has built a strong reputation in the field. It’s an all-in-one place for hosting meetings, issuing notices, managing projects, and coordinating the entire team. As it’s an online service with apps for all the platforms, your team members can keep in touch with the team on any mainstream device.
Slack is more suitable for teams who aren’t always in the same place at the same time. The flexible and easy-to-use nature of Slack got huge popularity in the organizing world. It enables real-time collaboration, no matter where the participants are. It’s extremely suitable for distributed organizing and “snowflake” model approaches.
Slack on Arch Linux
There are different ways you can install Slack on your system. Slack is available as an AUR package and snap package. Both are easy to follow. However, the AUR method is a bit risky as you need the help of an AUR helper to automate the updating process.
Slack from AUR
This method is quite simple. At first, make sure that your system is up-to-date.
Now, install Git and necessary tools and libraries for building packages.
Now, the system is ready to grab Slack from AUR. Grab the AUR package.
Start the building process.
Note: If you have AUR helper like yay, you can perform the entire task from a single line.
Slack from Snap
Snap is, by far, the safest way to follow. It doesn’t require messing around with lines after lines of commands. Moreover, the software is auto-managed by the snap service! No need to worry about sitting around with a piece of old package!
At first, we have to make sure that the snap core is installed in the system. For doing so, we again have to consult AUR.
Prepare your system for the upcoming building procedure.
Grab snap from AUR.
Now, start the building process.
Now, we have to enable the snap service. Run the following command.
There are a number of “classic” snap packages. To make sure that those are installed properly, we have to make a specific symlink.
Our system is now ready for the Slack snap. Run the following command.
Slack from Flatpak
Slack is also available from Flatpak. Flatpak is another solution like Snap that targets offering universal Linux packaging for software developers.
At first, let’s make sure that the Flatpak core is present on the system.
Don’t forget to enable the Flathub repo!
Now, install the Slack flatpak package.
Start Slack from the menu or the command line.
If you have an existing account, you can sign in right away! If not, you can sign up for an account on Slack.
After clicking the sign-in button, it will open a web session.
Enter your workspace URL.
Next, it will ask you for login credentials.
Once the login is successful, you’ll be redirected to the Slack app.
At the main window, you can find out whatever features Slack offers.
For example, you can check out “Channels”. Channels are basically Slack groups.
It’s also possible to talk with individual members of the team.
Invite people to join your Slack group.
Maybe the biggest part is the ability to connect all the different web services. You can connect a plethora of web services like Google Drive, Outlook, Asana, Trello, OneBar, Drift, Donut, Jira Cloud and a lot else!
Alongside all the features of the Slack app, it allows customizing a lot of options for convenience. You might not want to be notified about certain actions or, change the appearance and such.
Go to File >> Preferences.
Here, you can customize a lot of options.
Slack is one of the must-have apps for any team that requires good media for effective collaboration. Slack is also available for Android and iOS. Don’t you ever miss your team and important notices while you’re not in front of your desktop!
Slack isn’t the only one of its kind. Who knows, you might find the best suite? Slack is one of the most popular ones, meaning it works for a majority. Feel free to try out other team collaboration software.