RSS in Hoary

Rory Gleeson rory at
Sat Jan 1 22:45:41 CST 2005

This is not to take away from Liferea and, frankly, I'd support moving it to 
Main.  But, Firefox also has the Sage RSS reader extension that users can 
easily install.  Sage is a very good reader.  And since Ubuntu already has 


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> Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2005 17:38:48 -0500
> From: John Richard Moser <nigelenki at>
> Subject: RSS in Hoary
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> I see that in Warty the current RSS solution is "Use Firefox Live
> Bookmarks."  This is very skeletal and poor.  I suggest a light-weight
> news agregator for Hoary.  Liferea is already in Universe, and should be
> brought into Main.  It is very lightweight; the 0.5 package for core and
> gtkhtml are 306kB, 1085kB unpacked.
> Liferea is very clean and easy to use, and has a good featureset.  I
> personally use 0.6.0 on Gentoo.  There are screenshots available as well:
> contains a screenshot of Liferea
> with many feeds.
> is a
> screenshot of my Liferea viewing US-CERT TA04-260A.
> Liferea handles many feed formats.  I have personally tested it with RSS
> and RDF feeds of varying versions, some of which did not work in other
> readers I've tried.  I haven't seen CDF feeds, and am new to Atoms; but
> Liferea seems to handle atoms fine.  OPML is its
> import/export format, which is also common to Akregator (KDE) IIRC,
> meaning transitioning KDE users will be able to export their feeds to
> Liferea.
> Liferea can run in the background minimized to an icon.  It can be
> started with `liferea --iconify` and become a small globe in the
> notification area of Gnome (system tray).  This can be configured away,
> but should be set by default; it is a powerful feature, as Liferea can
> be left running at all times so that it continuously updates news.
> Liferea pops up short-lived, unintrusive windows when it updates a feed
> and finds new articles.  This can be configured away, but is very
> unintrusive, as the windows are only onscreen for a brief few seconds,
> just enough to glance for interesting articles rather than read each
> headline.
> Liferea can cache a limited or unlimited number of feeds on the disk, so
> that all articles ever downloaded remain on disk.  The entire RSS
> content is readable offline once downloaded as well.  Having thousands
> of articles for a feed in Firefox' live bookmarks would definitely not
> be feasible.
> Liferea can search through feeds for specific words and phrases, and
> save searches as virtual folders.
> Liferea can also use a proxy.  Squid can be used to prevent Liferea from
> downloading a full feed when it hasn't really updated.
> The UI for Liferea is very pleasant and easy to use.  It is
> pseudo-intuitive, easily learned by simply fiddilng with it for a brief
> period.  It is a GTK/Gnome application as well, so it will integrate
> fine with Ubuntu.
> In conclusion, I believe Liferea should definitely be moved into Main
> for Hoary and be the supported RSS/RDF/Atom/CDF/OPML News Aggregator for
> Ubuntu Linux.
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