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Liferea - Check it out!

Based on a tip from James Snell, one of the first things I did on Gutsy was

apt-get install liferea

I then subscribed to my own feed, and clicked on my SVG in HTML Momemtum Building post.  The SVG image on that post displayed correctly, and the comments were all fetched in the background.

I then subscribed to Jacques Distler, and clicked on the Gluino Masses post.  I may not have all the right fonts installed yet, but other than issues like the vertical height of the integral and summation sizes, the MathML appeared to displayed correctly.  The comments weren’t prefetched, but presumably would be if Jacques annotated his feed with Atom threading extensions.

Oh, and despite the name, the code is available for MacOS and Cygwin too.


I’ve been using Liferea since I first moved over to Ubuntu in 2005. Since then, I’ve run into a number of minor issues but with each successive update the application has gotten progressively better.  You will, however, discover that there are still some issues with relative URI’s.

Posted by James Snell at

You will, however, discover that there are still some issues with relative URI’s.

It seems to handle Tim Bray’s main and comment feeds just fine...

Posted by Sam Ruby at

I haven’t explored the issue enough to be able to say when it does, or does not happen, but every now and then you’ll find a relative URI that isn’t resolved correctly... at least, that’s been my experience in the past.  It’s entirely possible that the version that ships with gutsy has resolved the problem.

Posted by James Snell at

The comments weren’t prefetched, but presumably would be if Jacques annotated his feed with Atom threading extensions.

My comment feed already used the Atom Threading Extension. Now my entry feed does as well.

Happy surfing.

Posted by Jacques Distler at

Liferea is pretty good

Sam Ruby is in the process of upgrading to Gutsy, and just pointed out an open source news reader that I hadn’t checked out before called Liferea . I’ve seen it mentioned before, but had forgotten about it. I just snagged it with a quick "aptitude...

Excerpt from Russell Beattie’s Weblog at

5 Years

The honeymoon is definitely over....

Excerpt from Musings at

As for comment feed discovery: Liferea does support the well-formed web RSS module and the Atom “replies” relation.

Concerning the broken relative links. Please everyone post bug reports at the SourceForge bug tracker [link].

Posted by Lars Lindner at

Lars: if/when I come across the problem again, I’ll capture the details.  To this point, I’ve typically just haven’t worried about it too much given that with liferea, the few problems I’ve ever actually had with it just seem to disappear with each new release. :-)

Posted by James Snell at

Lars is an incredible person to get to interact with!

Although, I’ve long loved Liferea, that it be design doesn’t remember deletes made me have to switch — I watched in horror as it would retrieve the spam entries that I had just so deliberately pruned. Ironically, in this regard I’m now even worse off with Google Reader, but I can’t beat the search.

Posted by Lloyd Budd at

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