[lug] feed aggregator client for linux

Davide Del Vento davide.del.vento at gmail.com
Sat Mar 30 08:36:51 MDT 2013

Thank you all for the recommendations.

I tried a few of these but just realized (should say remembered) one
important features of Google Reader was not part of the RSS specs: the
ability to go back in time as much as I wanted, not just back in time to as
long ago I subscribed or (worst) as long ago as the last RSS push that went
out. Google Reader exploited its cloud-based massive userbase to cache
basically everything. Not only I could scroll back in time, but I could
also search back in time, as long as the feed was cached by Google, which
probably means that some other user should have been subscribed to that
site at the time the article went out. Of course this was possible for
Google, but it's completely out of question for any personal install. I
mean, short of changing the RSS specs in such a way that one could request
older articles... It's a bummer.

I think I'll go back to the bookmarks, sigh.

On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM, Quentin Hartman <qhartman at gmail.com>wrote:

> I got tired of using Google Reader a few years ago and went on a similar
> search. I ultimately settled on installing TT-rss (
> http://tt-rss.org/redmine/projects/tt-rss/wiki) on my server and using
> it. I quite liked it. Not perfect, but very good and improving. About a
> year ago though I got busy enough with real work and whatnot and have
> largely abandoned it...
> Just logged in an checked it again. I have 25000+ unread articles. Wheee!!!
> It does have multi-user support. If you don't want to run your own, email
> me off-list and I'll setup an account for you to play with. I'm not running
> the current version, but maybe this would give me a reason to do some
> housekeeping on it.
> QH
> On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM, Michael J. Hammel <
> mjhammel at graphics-muse.org> wrote:
>> On Thu, 2013-03-14 at 10:41 -0600, Davide Del Vento wrote:
>> > The tables in
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_feed_aggregators
>> > don't help me much. Does anybody use a feedreader on linux and have
>> > any suggestions?
>> I'm still using MyYahoo since it lets me configure pages my way and is
>> text focused instead of graphics/video focused, but they're lousy at
>> keeping the stuff up to date.  And they've dropped a ton of feeds.
>> So a while back I went scrounging around to find alternatives.  I looked
>> at Google Reader but rejected it - can't remember why.  I ended up on
>> Good Noows for awhile, but it's slow to display.  The best news
>> consolidator I've found now is Pulse.  Heavy on images (which I don't
>> care for) but overall it seems to be the best for variety of sources and
>> up to date data.  It can show clippings sized to their social
>> importance, but you can turn that off too.  It does allow some
>> configuration.
>> Good Noows: goodnoows.com
>> Pulse: https://www.pulse.me/
>> Pulse is also available for Android, so my configs work on the desktop
>> and my tablet.
>> Still, the clean lines of Slashdot and LWN make me weep for non-techy
>> news sites that can't just give me reading material and focus too much
>> on clever interfaces and social-media(crity).
>> There was a time, long ago, when I wrote my own scrapers based on
>> http://www.newsclipper.com/.  Almost makes me want to go back to that.
>> > Just that I am in this "forget-the-web-go-back-to-the-desktop" mood,
>> > if you have any suggestion about email client on linux, that'd be good
>> > too, since I use Thunderbird daily and I really hate it (compared to
>> > the gmail web interface - however the last upgrade is ruining that
>> > too, at least for the composition window). Must have: a good
>> > "conversation view", possibly integrated with folders/labels (the one
>> > Thunderbird has is just a checkbox on the feature list: it works
>> > terribly, at least in version 17.0.3)
>> Nothing satisfies me here.  I use evolution since I don't care for web
>> based interfaces.  I have my own mail servers and don't need gmail or
>> related services.  If it wasn't for nasty attachments I'd probably go
>> back to elm.
>> --
>> Michael J. Hammel <mjhammel at graphics-muse.org>
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