Newsbeuter feed reader
Jan 18, 2010, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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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
"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."