The fourth version of the Multi-IM Client Trillian Astra

Application Details:

Version: 4.x.x.x
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.2.2

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What works

  • Installing
  • Signing on
  • Viewing contact list
  • Changing skins
  • Chatting via text messaging
  • Changing a few features and options

What does not

  • Most advanced stuff doesn't function. And, whatever doesn't function, the options to adjust it don't either and result in the crashing of their spot in preferences.
  • Alphablending doesn't work at all. It makes the default skins total garbage, the latter of two options, the least graphics intensive, is less affected.
  • Installer doesn't seem to detect Flash. I had installed Adobe Flash Player 10 before installing Trillian, but the installer insisted it be installed again, which I was able to safely disregard and commence without.


What was not tested

Lots of advanced stuff, most of which I could not mention here, and signing up for an account via the program as I already had a Trillian Astra account.

Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

I turned off alphablending to help make the skin look less garbagy, but I don't think it or any other program that uses alpha heavily as it's skin will be seeing a beautiful future with Wine for some time. I was using build 110 of Astra, and I tested the same features of Trillian Astra twice. The second time, I used the experimental DIB engine produced by Max (see bug 421 in the Wine Bugzilla for more info) to see if it would help with the alphablending issues. In each case, the bugs were exactly the same, and there was no real performance benefit from using the DIB engine, possibly because of other issues not pertaining to graphics (though the terminal showed no issues cept for dibdrv errors).

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowopenSUSE 11.3 (x86_64)Dec 27 20101.2.2Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 11.3Jul 31 20101.2Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 27 20101.1.43Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 06 20101.1.38Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowMac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard"Jan 19 20101.1.36Yes Yes Garbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes



  • Use Wine 1.1.43 or higher, the more recent the better
    • Older versions will have problems with rendering and prevent any productive use
  • Download the latest version of Trillian Astra (v.4.2.25 at this time, you can find it here)
  • Install Trillian Astra
    • Opt-out all the fields (pay attention, there are two!)
    • When prompted that Flash is missing, answer the question whether to install it with "No"
  • Start "winecfg" and set the Windows version to "Windows Vista" (others may work to, but Vista caused least problems for me)
  • Launch Trillian Astra (it may auto-update when launching, just let it do so)

Using Trillian Astra:

All major functions of Trillian Astra should work fine. However, remember that your using a beta version of Wine and Trillian Astra is not approved for Linux, so don't expect it to run flawless. For example, Trillian Astra has still a few problems with window boxes and alpha-blending transparency. To reduce them I changed the following points:

  • Go to "Settings" - "Skins" and change the default "Trillian Cordonata" skin to "Trillian Cobalt"
    • Cobalt uses a much slimmer and lighter interface and doesn't depend on alpha-blending transparency
  • Go to "Settings" - "Skins" - "Skin Settings" and turn off alpha-blending transparency. This should avoid the black boxes in the background of Trillian

With the standart settings, every contact sign-on or sign-off is shown by notification windows. However, these windows catch focus from all other programs, so you may want to turn them of by

  • Go to "Settings" - "Notifications" and unchecking "Notify me when"
    • A contact signs on
    • A contact signs off
    • A contact changes status (optional)
    • A contact changes status message (optional)

If you use Trillian Astra on a second screen, you may want to change the location of the Notification windows. You can do so by going to "Notifications" - "Show notification windows at the bottom right corner of moniter ?"

 In case of crashes:

Some preferences screens, e.g. "Activity History", "File Transfers" and "Contact List" cause Trillian to crash. Since it won't allow you to start it again, you have to kill Wine with "wineserver -k". After that you can start Trillian again without any problems. However, settings you've changed in the last minutes before the crash may haven't been saved.

Last Update: 06/20/2011


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