Moving from Feedly

Got tired of a few shortcomings with Feedly (inability to add feed directly from firefox or to have private RSS feeds), so have migrated to a self-hosted tt-rss install.

Components:

  • VPS from Host-US ($15 / year) running Centos 7
  • tt-rss installation
  • tt-rss feedly plugin (some 3rd party apps supporting syncing to this)
  • tt-rss app for android
  • tt-rss feedly (dark) theme

Installation isn’t straightforward for the novice: it’s an nginx / php (7.3 from remi running as fpm) / postgres stack with a cronjob to update the feeds. I also wrote a job to backup & archive the postgres DB off-site.

Clients: Tiny Tiny RSS for Android (Palabre also supports tt-rss via a plugin, but not very well it seems) & Fiery Feeds for IOS which is almost as good as Mr. Reader (RIP).

 

Gnome 3.30 on Arch Linux not ready for use

It seems that the version of Gnome 3.30 on Arch is so unstable with such poor plugin support (despite what the Gnome developers think, tray icons are still required, Gnome is not the only DE available) that I strongly recommend against using it for now. I’ve gone back to the comforting embrace of XFCE. Maybe when Fedora 29 is released 3.30 will be stable in other distributions.