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which rss reader do you use?

So, I’m going to try and take a poll here, what program do you use to read RSS / Atom / news feeds? I would have an *actual* poll, but I honestly don’t even know what’s out there, much less what the popular ones are. Please leave a comment if you can.

The reason I ask is because I’m trying to debug some issues with planet — both Gentoo’s and Larry’s.

Oh, and apologies to everyone for breaking Planet Gentoo today. I spent a lot of time cleaning up a *lot* of cruft that should have been fixed for some time now. Chances are, too, that things will only get a bit more misarranged over the next few days as I tweak and test things some more, so bear with me.

Update: jsled had a good comment — why not just look at the access logs? Well, duh, why didn’t I think of that. -_- I don’t have access to Planet Gentoo’s, but Larry breaks it down well enough. It looks like, as far as programs go that are leaving a user agent, akregator is first with 19%, liferea is next with 6%, then Gregarious, RSSOwl and NetNewsWire with all less than 1% each.  The rest are browsers or Unknown.


  1. An An March 31, 2009

    I’m currently using Akregator 1.4.1 with KDE4. I’m not really happy with it’s performance (basically rapes the CPU in my case) but it’s quite well featured and even tho I have tried to replace it countless times I always end up with it.

  2. maffin maffin March 31, 2009

    Akregator-1.4.1 (kde4)

  3. bloodywing bloodywing March 31, 2009

    Liferea – long time before i used thunderbird.

  4. loki_val loki_val March 31, 2009

    Rssyl extension to claws mail.

  5. ThaddeusQ ThaddeusQ March 31, 2009

    I use Google Reader. Not the most technical reader, but, it’s quick, easy, and get’s the job done.

  6. Dror Dror March 31, 2009

    I use Google Reader. This way I never miss a post and can share stuff with others.

  7. Christoph Lange Christoph Lange March 31, 2009

    Hi, I’m using Akregator (of KDE 4.2) and haven’t had any problems with your feed so far.

  8. jsled jsled March 31, 2009

    Google Reader. IIRC, they encode the number of individuals they’re pulling the page for in the user-agent string when they fetch the feed, so accesslogs should reveal this number. The other multi-user aggregators should do the same. As well as FeedBurner re-presented feeds.

    Come to think of it, if you look at the access logs for the feed itself, all the user agent strings together appropriately counted should answer your question better than a poll ever could.

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  10. neyz neyz March 31, 2009

    Heh Steve !

    I personally use Akregator. I must admit I haven’t looked too far into readers but for what I use it it satisfies me 🙂

    Cheers and thanks for your work !

  11. buge buge March 31, 2009

    I use Google reader.

  12. Tobias Tobias March 31, 2009

    Akregator 1.2.9 (KDE 3.5)

  13. Jeremy Olexa Jeremy Olexa March 31, 2009

    I use Google Reader, so do 1500 other people for Planet Gentoo. 😉

  14. jotik jotik March 31, 2009

    Akregator, but I’m seriously thinking of developing a Qt4-only clone with better backend support and probably some more features (analysis for news trends etc).

  15. Felipe Felipe March 31, 2009

    Liferea FTW o/

  16. IQgryn IQgryn March 31, 2009

    I use Google Reader, which probably barely registers as it only checks the feed once even if a million people use it.

  17. ph030 ph030 March 31, 2009

    home: net-news/newsbeuter
    work: net-news/rawdog

  18. Mike Adolphs Mike Adolphs March 31, 2009

    Same here, using Google Reader since it’s accessible from almost anywhere and works quite well.

  19. phreak phreak March 31, 2009

    Well, I’m using Gregarius to aggregate all feeds I’m reading into a single one (Firefox is a real bitch with >5 RSS feeds).

  20. eldruin eldruin March 31, 2009

    I use Liferea, although it’s very slow sometimes but I like it.

  21. ThaddeusQ ThaddeusQ March 31, 2009

    The problem with using the access logs as mentioned is that some of us get your rss feed through a planet (such as Utah Open Source Planet). The access logs will not show proper information from those planets, will it?

  22. Eddward DeVilla Eddward DeVilla March 31, 2009

    Google Reader here

  23. Ben "yngwin" de Groot Ben "yngwin" de Groot March 31, 2009

    Another Google Reader user here. It does the job for me and is accessible anywhere I have a browser.

  24. max max March 31, 2009

    Actually i use tinytinyrss, longtime before that i used Vienna.

  25. aurélien aurélien March 31, 2009

    rss2email in a crontab that post blog posts on an imap account. It’s available anywhere I have an imap client 😉

  26. 8mihi 8mihi March 31, 2009

    I use the Sage-Too extension for Firefox

  27. Joshua Doll Joshua Doll March 31, 2009

    Firefox Live bookmarks.

  28. robbat2 robbat2 March 31, 2009

    You could just ask me to run some stats 😉
    For the rss20.xml files on planet and universe, combined.
    4478246 total hits in the logs.

    Top 10:
    85879 claws
    88308 magpierss
    94903 Firefox/2
    120979 MSIE
    214121 xscreensaver-text
    298291 –
    349319 Firefox/3
    378391 Thunderbird
    806843 liferea
    867487 Akregator

    Top 10 = 73.7% of hits.
    Top 20 = 84.5%
    Top 50 = 95.5% of hits

    I counting the raw distinct useragents first, so I got numbers that way, followed by replacing spaces in the UA string with underscores, and feeding that data to the following sed evil to group UAs together.
    # sed -r -e ‘s,^[[:space:]]*([0-9]+)[[:space:]]+.*(Akregator|Iceweasel|Yahoo!|Googlebot|Planet_Gentoo|Opera|Bloglines|msnbot|Gentoo_Universe|Yandex|Claws|MSIE|xscreensaver-text|Firefox/3|Firefox/2|gnome-vfs|Liferea|Thunderbird|Konqueror/3|Gigabot|Drupal|Netluchs|Yahoo_Pipes|KNewsTicker|Jakarta|PubSub|Charlotte|MagpieRSS|SimplePie|Gregarius|FeedOnFeeds|NetNewsWire|rss2email|Yanga|Feedfetcher-Google|Doubanbot|Rome_Client|WebAlta|Wget/|UniversalFeedParser|Spinn3r|twiceler|violabot|DotBot|Konqueror/4|BonEcho|Firefox/1|Speedy_Spider|FeedDemon|discobot|Safari|Sage-Too|Exabot|voilabot|Biz360|GranParadiso|Minefield|Livejournal|Evolution|NewsGatorOnline|Newsfox|newsbeuter|Ask_Jeeves|Seamonkey|newspipe|YodaoBot|psbot|Okiit|AlestiFeedBot|Mugshot|Reblog|Iceape|Zhuaxia|FeedHub|WordPress|Vienna|BuzzTracker||lynx|Gecko_Gentoo|RSSbandit|Elinks|<Links|Feed2Imap|Feedjack|ruby-rbot|Netvibes|Sage|RSSOwl|Python-urllib|Feedtools|lwp-trivial|AideRSS|Gecko/200.|curl/|AppleWebKit|Pageflakes|livedoor||Fastladder|Blogbridge|Enlightenment|Newsbrain|Sharpreader|xianguo|NewsAlloy|Feedshow|Snownews|Emacs|Attentio|QQFeedFetcher|Gozerbot|Ruby/|Noopod|Newsfire|TechnoratiSnoop|Blogbot|Blorq|Java/|yacybot|heritrix|[a-zA-Z0-9]*RSS(Reader|Feeds)>|Gecko|BlackBerry|ActiveWeave|Kindle).*$,1 2,gi’
    followed by more sorting+counting+sorting.

  29. Steve Steve March 31, 2009

    Liferea for me.

  30. gregf gregf March 31, 2009

    Used liferea for a long time. Has some speed issues that got to annoying for me. so I switched to google reader.

  31. RealNC RealNC March 31, 2009

    Thunderbird. I like having the feeds coming in just like they were email.

  32. wonder weenie wonder weenie March 31, 2009

    google 😀

  33. Will B. Will B. March 31, 2009

    I use Opera web browser’s “Feeds” function.

  34. Rogue Rogue March 31, 2009

  35. remaster remaster March 31, 2009

    Google Reader, because it is always synced, no installation required, supports podcasts, easy to use, integrated with other google features and so on ad infinitum… I simply dig it 🙂

  36. corec corec March 31, 2009

    google reader here too.

  37. Jim T Jim T April 1, 2009

    Google reader here.

  38. Milan Milan April 1, 2009

    Liferea, I prefer desktop app for this, but I will consider google reader when liferea will be able to sync with him.

  39. Paul de Vrieze Paul de Vrieze April 1, 2009

    Google reader. It works on multiple systems and is nicely integrated with the browser for reading the actual articles. I used to use akregator, but besides not supporting shared state between systems (without a shared homedir), it was rather slow, especially to load the actual pages.

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  42. Sonokamome Sonokamome April 1, 2009

    RSSOwl or Sage on Firefox.

  43. dishi dishi April 1, 2009

    Opera-rss feeder, and newsbeuter. Well, i want a console based one, but newsbeuter isn’t really it. So opera for the time being.

  44. balki balki April 1, 2009 !

  45. Beetle B. Beetle B. April 1, 2009

    Gregarius. Haven’t tried the others. Wanted a web based one on my server so that I could access it elsewhere. But in the end, I just access it from home anyway…

  46. Rich Rich April 1, 2009

    Google reader here. I’d actually prefer something I had more control over, but it has to support being accessed from anywhere (phone, web, etc). Google reader is the option that works best. RNews would be my second choice but Google Reader works much better on Android…

  47. Angel Angel April 1, 2009

    Google Reader, and I can say that 20 of my co-workers also use it.

  48. Neybar Neybar April 1, 2009

    Google Reader

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  50. Sebastian Guenther Sebastian Guenther April 1, 2009

    newsbeuter console based and neat.

  51. Jeff Jeff April 1, 2009

    Thunderbird 3.0b3

  52. Jasper Jasper April 1, 2009

    I use the Firefox-extension WizzRSS

  53. Mike Nerone Mike Nerone April 1, 2009

    Your log scrub is clearly missing Google Reader. The majority of everyone I know who uses an aggregator uses GReader.

  54. Mike Mike April 14, 2009

    Sage for Firefox!

  55. chris chris April 19, 2009


  56. Lee Lee April 26, 2009

    RSSnow Desktop widget which comes with KDE 4.2.x

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