How to fix Liferea display issues in Fedora 21 when using GNOME’s Adiwata Dark theme

When running Liferea 1.10.11 with the Adiwata Dark theme in GNOME in Fedora 21, the preview window, as seen in the lower right, renders white text on a white background
When running Liferea 1.10.11 with the Adiwata Dark theme in GNOME in Fedora 21, the preview window, as seen in the lower right, renders white text on a white background. Except for hyperlinks, which do show because they are rendered in blue and underlined.

I’m a big fan of the Adiwata Dark Theme in GNOME 3. I’m also a big fan of the Liferea RSS reader.

But when using the version of Liferea in Fedora 21 with Adiwata Dark, the text preview renders in white on white.

That means you can read anything. Unless you highlight with a mouse.

Luckily the Liferea developers fixed this issue in October 2014 with the release of version 1.10.12.

The only problem is that Fedora 21 shipped with Liferea 1.10.11, and there are no signs that the package will be updated with what is now a three-month-old update.

I even filed a bug that hasn’t been touched by anybody but me in the past two weeks.

So what did I do?

Today I went to Koji, where Fedora packages live, found the Liferea page, downloaded the 64-bit Liferea package for Fedora 22 and installed it with my favorite package manager (the GUI Yumex).

It all went smoothly, and now I can read previews of RSS posts in a pleasing white type on dark gray background.

Thanks to the Liferea team, especially Lars Windolf, for working on Liferea, which for me really is a “killer app,” and for announcing the 1.10.12 release on Oct. 14, 2014. This release solved my Adiwata Dark display issue.

And now … here’s what Liferea 1.10.12 looks like with Adiwata Dark (hint: it’s all fixed):

Liferea 1.10.12 looks great with Adiwata Dark. The preview is rendered in white on dark gray.
Liferea 1.10.12 looks great with Adiwata Dark. The preview text is rendered in white on dark gray. Thanks, Liferea developer(s)!

Liferea at least used to ship with most Linux distributions, but I didn’t even know what it was until the whole Google Reader controversy (i.e. Google dropping Reader) erupted. That made me think about RSS readers, and I decided to try one. Liferea was great then, and it’s great now.

The takeaway: I’m not terribly happy that I filed a bug report in Fedora on Liferea that basically said, “all you need to do update this package from upstream, and this problem will be solved,” and then two weeks pass and there isn’t even an acknowledgement of my bug. I did my homework. I went upstream, where everything was laid out in Liferea’s excellent web site.

Plus, the package has been updated for Fedora 22. And that happened THREE MONTHS AGO WHEN THE PACKAGE WAS RELEASED UPSTREAM. So there’s really no reason why it shouldn’t be in Fedora 21, especially now that Fedora Workstation is aiming at a better GNOME 3 experience, and in my mind Adiwata Dark is the best way to get that.

But the fact that the issue was fixed upsteam, and a package was available for F22 that just happens to work in F21, that makes it OK. Not optimum, but close enough for government work, as they say.

What I’ll be using instead of the soon-to-be-dead Google Reader, plus my look at Google’s ‘give and take,’ and our misguided reliance on free web services

Disclaimers first: I’m not a big consumer of RSS feeds. I don’t really use a feed reader all that much. I’m more interested in producing and processing RSS feeds (and I rely on Google’s Feedburner as well as Yahoo Pipes for some heavy lifting in that regard; I hope Google doesn’t kill Feedburner as some, including me, are speculating).

But for those times that I do use an RSS feed reader, I have and will in the future use Liferea, the Linux Feed Reader, which bills itself as “the free news aggregator on your Linux desktop. That it is. It works great. And Google can’t kill it.
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The WordPress Android app helps you read your favorite blogs and feeds

I’ve been exploring the Android app for WordPress, which handles blogs from the free WordPress.com service as well as self-hosted WordPress.org sites. Yes, both at once, it turns out.

The Android app make it easy to blog on the go, as it were. The “killer” portion of this particular app is the ability to take pictures and videos with your phone and immediately blog them out.

I’m not sure how that video is handled on the other end on both systems (.com and .org), but I plan to find out.

A nice bonus for WordPress.com users is that you can read your favorite blogs and other RSS-delivered content inside the app. I didn’t expect that feature, so it’s a nice bonus.