GreatNews goes open source

I have to say I haven’t spent a lot of time on GreatNews lately. Save the usual excuses, the most important thing is how to keep GreatNews updated regularly. I’m considering what’s the best way to release GreatNews source code. Most of the code base are safe to open, but there are small amount of code belong to other people that I have to either ask for permission, or compile into library. I will try to finalize this in the Christmas break. In the mean while, let me know your thoughts!

Thanks for your support of GreatNews. I hope you will continue enjoying it.

143 Responses to “GreatNews goes open source”

  1. Leonardo Herrera Says:

    I, for one, think this is a smart move. I haven’t been using it for a while, but once you publish it as open source I might have a go at it again.

  2. igor Says:

    Thank you! I think making a project at sf.net would be an easiest method.

  3. Daniel, Napoli (Italy) Says:

    is possible to use for an on-line service?

  4. Louis Han Says:

    That’s a good idea, I think it will be a special attraction.

  5. Bergonzini Says:

    That’s a great idea… I hope you found the way to release it via opensource. GreatNews is a great RSS reader…

  6. Christian (Germany) Says:

    This is a wonderful present to the community. I enjoy reading my feeds with GreatNews for a long time now. And I have not found any other newsreader alike.

    Unfortunately there some minor glitches (like sporadic termination of the client). I hope to see this great piece work being improved by enthusiasts.

    The one thing that is really great is the color coding and filtering. Perhaps some more advanced improvements for these features will emerge.

    I am very happy to see this development.

    Thank you so much,

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  8. Jhonny Says:

    I ithink this is a very good idea

  9. mitch Says:

    I have continued to use GreatNews dispite it not being updated. I haven’t found a better reader yet.

  10. Chaval Says:

    That great news for Great News, I hope you really make it opensource and other developers start making some improvements we haven’t seen for too long.

    It’s still the best RSS reader I could find.

  11. Andrey Says:

    Good Luck! I use GreatNews and it’s awsome!

  12. E.R. Says:

    This is a wonderful idea! I’m using greatnews for a long time now and a movement to open source would be very attractive for the future or this product…

  13. Martin Says:

    I`ve been using GreatNews for about two years now and it`s still my feedreader of choice. It`s faster than others (especially if you got a lot of subscriptions), reliable and lets me view the feeds the way I want. So thanks for this great product! Going open source would be a smart move, and I hope the developement of GreatNews will continue.

  14. Erik Knowles Says:

    I for one am saddened by the news, as it doesn’t seem like GreatNews could be in any more competent hands than its author. You’ve created a truely beautiful and useful program.

    For curiosities sake, what language did you use?

  15. GreatNews Says:

    GreatNews is written in Visual C++ with WTL library.

    It’s true it’s easier to maintain a consistent style if everything is done by myself. But there will be inherent bandwidth issue with just one developer. I’m sure there are plenty of able hands out there to move GreatNews forward more rapidly. Going open source just mean I will also act as a coordinator, instead of just a sole developer for GreatNews.

  16. Leocadio Says:

    congratulations… happy new year too!

    i’m using portable version and i love it.


  17. D# Says:

    Thank you very much!
    GreatNews is great, and opening its source will make it even better.

  18. Peter Stucker Says:

    I would like to thank you for your work so far. GreatNews is the reader I like best and I use it every day.

    Fröhliche Weihnachten from Switzerland

  19. Jack Quillen Says:

    I have used GreatNews every day for several years now and will continue to do so even if there is no future update.
    An update sure would be nie, though.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    very glad to hear the news. Greatnews is still the best rss reader i’ve ever used.

  21. gxip Says:

    I wonder if you decide to ditch the slow IE engine and replace it with something more modern. Showing stuff like embedded YouTube videos and such would a extremely handy.

    Keep up the good work!

  22. Nicolas Says:

    That’s really a smart move. Thanks. I have been using Greatnews for a while and none of its so far the best RSS reader I have used. RSSBandit is just sluggish, feeddaemon too bulky, etc.
    Lots of time I thought “if only that was an open source project”… And now it’s done!

  23. SysReveal Says:

    I am a fan of Greatnews too, I am also a developer, I know it is difficult to maintain a project for a long time along without any revenue. So if Greatnews becomes open source, I would like to join your team and work with you to help Greatnews to become better.

  24. John Says:

    Where’s the download link of the source code? And in what language is it? .net?

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    I am very happy to see this development.

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  26. jeasonzhao Says:

    Great job, and great news, it seems we couldn’t download source code so far. So, any update for open source ?

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    I want Favorites in Great News.

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    I hope you really make it opensource and other developers start making some improvements we haven’t seen for too long.

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