Slack starts accepting requests for beta access to its new Linux client

At Slack headquarters in San Francisco.

Team communication app Slack today announced the formal availability of a beta version of its app for devices running the Linux operating system.

“These builds may have some bugs or rough edges, but we won’t push out anything that we know to be extremely buggy or non-functional,” Slack says on the Google Forms page where you can sign up for beta access to the Slack Linux app. “We humbly ask only one thing of those who join: please give us your honest feedback so that we can make your Linux experience great.”

An open-source, unofficial Slack client for Linux popped up on GitHub back in April. “This Linux project, like most integrations, happened independent of our involvement,” a Slack spokeswoman told VentureBeat at the time. Now there’s a real Slack Linux client on the way.

Hey! You there! Linux user! Join our beta, won’t you? It’s SO Raven: https://t.co/wvYtCLu9Sl 😍🔧🔩💻🐦🎉

— Slack (@SlackHQ) August 4, 2015

Slack became available for Windows in beta in February and became generally available to all users within a month. So a general rollout of Slack for Linux should be on the way within the next few weeks.

Slack has been growing very quickly since the app launched in February 2014, and it now has more than 1.1 million daily active users.

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Author: Celia Graham

Celia Graham is a Canadian technology journalist who has written for many news outlets. she has covered the web hosting and cloud computing industry. She also has a roving brief to write about Startups, Venture Capital, technology trends and emerging markets.

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