Liferea Feed Reader 1.12 RC1 Released, Switched to WebKit2

September 20, 2016 — Leave a comment

Liferea Feed Reader

The first release candidate for the new stable Liferea 1.12 (Linux Feed Reader) has been released. The new series of the open-source news aggregator now switches to WebKit2.

Main changes since Liferea 1.10 series:

  • Switch to Webkit2
  • Support for Do-Not-Track
  • Improved trayicon plugin
  • Support for Reedah and InoReader.
  • Support for categories in TheOldReader
  • Simplified handling of external browsers

In addition, the RC release adds support for downloading content that cannot be displayed by HTML widget (e.g., PDFs), shows new items count in tray icon and minimize to system tray (Gnome Classic) on window close, there are also some bug fixes and translation updates.

Liferea 1.12 RC1

How to install Liferea 1.12 rc1 in Ubuntu:

Liferea does not provide pre-compiled Linux binaries, however, there are a few unofficial Ubuntu PPAs contain the most recent Liferea packages. And below is how to install Liferea 1.12 rc1 in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, or Linux Mint 17, 18 using my personal PPA:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type in password (no visual feedback, so just type in mind and hit Enter) when it asks and hit Enter.

Liferea ppa

2. Then launch Software Updater and you’ll be able to upgrade Liferea news aggregator after checking for updates:

upgrade Liferea via Software Updater

Or just run command to install or upgrade to Liferea 1.12 rc1:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install liferea

How to Restore:

To downgrade to the stock version of Liferea in Ubuntu main repository, purge the PPA via ppa-purge:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

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