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shengchieh 02-16-2005 12:54 PM

rss reader: firefox extension or seperate linux program?
To All:

I want to have a news reader. I could either get a firefox extension
or add another linux (xandros 2.0) program. The firefox extensions
available are

Feedview 0.9
Habari Xenu 0.9.3
infoRSS 0.8.4
RSS Editor 0.0.6
Sage 1.3
Wizz RSS News Reader 0.5.0

First, will any these extension fill my needs? I just get want to "collect"
various news articles to read. A simple news with GUI window will do.

Secondly, I don't like to install beta versions - I prefer rock-hard
stability since I'm not a true geek.

Third, it is better to install another linux program or to use an firefox extension? I already noted (BottomFeeder) (Syndigator) (RSSOwl) (Newspipe)

[Actually, I noticed more, but I ruled out GNOME-specific programs
and no-GUI window programs.)

Thanks in advance for your inputs.


Samsara 02-16-2005 02:43 PM

I thought Firefox 1.0 could deal with RSS feeds natively, or does this only work in windows? Firefox 1.0 is included in Xandros 3.0, so you may want to think about upgrading.

At one point I used Straw, but didn't like it much (and you won't, since it's a GNOME program).

Also, a technical point. "Newsreader" usually refers to programs to read newsgroups.



jtshaw 02-16-2005 02:54 PM

Firefox 1.0 can deal with RSS and ATOM feeds internally.

I have a pull down menu on my bookmarks toolbar that has a bunch of RSS feeds on it. Thing is, I don't even use it anymore.

Instead, I use Thunderbird 1.0 which I think has a UI that lends itself better to news feeds.

shengchieh 02-16-2005 03:56 PM

Thanks to both for replying.


Firefox 1.0 can deal with RSS and ATOM feeds internally.
How? I just went to

and roamed around. Also, then why bother to build firefox extensions?


p.s. I have been thinking of upgrading, but I decided to do that when I move
in the next month or so. Also, waiting to see if Walmart will have pre-installed
Xandros (so that everything works - no missing drivers, etc). Xandros-Skype
announcement today sounds like they'll do it.

jtshaw 02-16-2005 03:59 PM

At the bottom of any website with an associated RSS feed there will be a little orange icon. Clicking on it and it'll give you an option to subscribe to the feed and add a bookmark.

You can also open up bookmark manager and add a new "live bookmark" and provide the rss feed url.

Thunderbird has an account type for "News and Blogs" that allows you to submit RSS feed URL's.

reddazz 02-16-2005 04:06 PM

KDE has a new news feed reader called akregator, which in my opinion is very good. Maybe Xandros will include it in their next release, then you will have the option of using that or Firefox/Thunderbird.

jschiwal 02-16-2005 05:33 PM

I have knewsticker on my computer. It's on a child toolbar. Headlines scroll across the screen, and when something catches my eye I'll click on the link. I like it much better than the nearest equivalent I've found for Windows XP.

ironwalker 02-16-2005 06:03 PM

aKregator is an awsome RSS reader....allows for grouping self updates and limits and more.Quite fast and never slows ya down or system.Works silently or flags the new updated news.Color lableing as well.view in the program...or in a browser.I can go on but just works.
It came with my debian install

I have infoRSS for firefox but rarely use it.Its good for sites that dont update alot of news regularly or has seperate groups of feeds.I can view updated feeds in my favs...but thats it...clicking obviously opens a tab.No grouping etc etc.just basic.

do not use YASSR...crap as shit lags you bad and breaks and usually always sticks...then again I had well over 8thousand feeds...which by the way aKregator handles flawlessly and speedy.

Blam is also similar to just the same:)

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