// why am I so n00b?

Thanks to a link mithrandi posted in IRC, I’ve discovered this rather useful tool.

Gregarius is a web-based RSS/RDF/ATOM feed aggregator (oops, I didn’t copy/paste that from their homepage :P) which you can install on your own server, and manage as you like.

Setup was a breeze, I just checked out the latest version from their Subversion repo, copied the files over to /var/www, and created a MySQL database. First visit to your Gregarius URL prompts for database access settings, and creates the tables and everything for you.

It has an extremely clean interface, I suspect in fact that it’s highly influenced by WordPress (their “devlog” using WordPress further convinces me), but that’s beside the point. It’s extremely easy to manage categories, add feeds (it automatically fetches a “favicon.ico” file if one’s available as well), etc. I got my whole installation and 10 feeds all setup within around 10 minutes.

It presents the feed items nicely enough, sorted by date, with links to the full versions, as well as descriptions/summaries. It also keeps track of items you’ve left unread, making it easy to come back to them later. Another helpful feature is the ability to search within the feeds it’s downloaded and stored, allowing you to pull up any item at any time, I’ve already found this quite useful.

All-in-all, a pretty great little package. It sure beats Thunderbird’s RSS reader hands down. If you subscribe to any feeds, have the ability to host it (just PHP and MySQL required), and 10 minutes to set it up, throw away your existing RSS readers and get your own Gregarius aggregator up and running :).