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Abandonware?

2012-07-10
2012-08-29
  • John Barrett
    John Barrett
    2012-07-10

    It's been almost a year since the last RSSOwl update, and there are some
    fundamental issues with the program not being able to handle many feeds
    (primarily those with atom elements).

    No sign of any updates in the near future, or that anyone else is looking to
    take over the project; should it be considered abandoned?

    This would be a shame if so, as it's quite a good program overall, just
    needing a few basic fixes at the moment to make it work with all RSS feeds
    again.

    Are there any other RSS readers which are comparable to RSSOwl? What would be
    the best alternative?

     
  • genodeftest
    genodeftest
    2012-07-10

    RSSOwl needs some bug fixes, that's right. And it is open source, so every one
    can contribute fixing those bugs. Benjamin Pasero stopped actively developing
    RSSOwl, for him RSSOwl is in "mainentance mode". I am currently trying to
    understand RSSOwl to port it to Eclipse RCP 4.2, which would solve most issues
    related to the internal browser. And there are some more issues in the feed
    parsers. If you could do some coding, fork RSSOwl on
    https://github.com/rssowl/RSSOwl and fix
    bugs ;).

    And I'll ask Benjamin Pasero to release the bugfix for this Google Reader
    syncing problem.

     
  • John Barrett
    John Barrett
    2012-07-11

    I could do some coding, but it's quite a high learning curve just to get
    started on the project really; I'm used to C++ and the like, I don't know
    anything about Eclipse, and the codebase of RSSOwl (which I've had a look
    through) seems tricky to navigate.

    Are forked versions going to feed back into mainline RSSOwl? Fair enough that
    the author doesn't have the time to develop, but will there be work going back
    into mainline and on official releases?

     
  • genodeftest
    genodeftest
    2012-07-11

    Ok, RSSOwl is complex, that's right…

    Yes, they will. At least my fork where I am porting RSSOwl to Eclipse RCP 4.2