I first ran across rawdog a long time ago, and were I a passionate reader of news feeds, I would no doubt prefer rawdog to a lot of other options.
Maybe this screenshot will help explain that.
I’ve not seen many programs like rawdog, and perhaps that’s because for most people, what rawdog does is apparently counterintuitive.
rawdog pulls rss entries and can recast them in simple HTML format. And of course, for most people, there’s not much ground gained in converting a page to a page, given that there’s probably a page out there they can visit anyway. Cue the rolling of the eyes: 🙄
On the other hand, you have to admit that rawdog’s output is a good deal lighter than the original. And in a text-based browser, it’s quite clean.
So take the most cluttered, obnoxious news site you can think of, hook up rawdog to it, and with any luck you should get a much cleaner, quicker version. Not a bad idea, huh?
rawdog is in Debian and in AUR, but the AUR version doesn’t include python2-feedparser. Just so you’re aware.
I tried newsbeuter, canto and several others, but I use rawdog instead of any other feedreader because following links in the feed always means opening a browser anyway. So it makes sense (to me at least) to use the browser to read the feeds in the first place.
I also like the “separation of concerns” afforded by this setup. rawdog handles the backend tasks of collecting and formatting the feeds, while the browser handles the presentation and navigation.
I keep hearing that RSS is dead or dying, but it’s still my preferred way to approach content on the web. I guess I’m old-fashioned — I still like textmode apps too!