Being used to GitHub Desktop on Mac, I found that SmartGit was the closest thing, and IMHO the best GUI client for Linux. It supports GitHub beautifully.

You have to unpack the download and run a script manually, but there’s also a script called “” which will do what it says.

Requires Java (if you don’t have it, install with the following):

sudo apt-get install default-jre


Skype for Linux used to absolutely suck. Luckily, there is an alpha version of a new tool:

It looks like a wrapper of Skype for Web, but it works.


For Whatsapp, there’s the now-adbandoned Whatsie. I think it was abandoned because there are now official clients for Windows and Mac, but it works perfectly.

Install .deb from here:

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