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Newsbeuter feed reader

Jan 18, 2010, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Jackson)

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"So, with Newsbeuter 2.1 out just last month, I took the opportunity to try out the latest version of my favourite terminal-based feed reader and catch up with the lead developer Andreas Krennmair.

"History

"Newsbeuter began in 2007 when Krennmair felt there was a noticeable gap of decent feed readers for the terminal. “I’m used to using console-based software, and so I also wanted to have an ncurses-based RSS feed reader,” he says. “Before I started Newsbeuter, there were at least two such programs around (Snownews and Raggle), but both lacked features and were pretty hard to extend.” So, naturally, he started a project to fulfil his own needs.

"Being an open source project, Krennmair had lots of resources available to him to help him build create Newsbeuter. “I’m standing on the shoulder of giants,” he muses; “all the libraries that I use, such as libxml2, STFL (the ncurses UI library), SQLite and libcurl. Apart from that, I implemented most of the features by myself, and a good friend of mine, who also maintains the Newsbeuter Debian package, helped me with QA.” Over time the project came to include more features, acquiring the ability to download podcasts, as well as a myriad of other useful things."

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