ANNOUNCE: xfce4-weather-plugin 0.8.0 released
johannes.lips at gmail.com
Mon Aug 6 14:33:31 CEST 2012
On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM, Liviu Andronic <landronimirc at gmail.com>wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM, Harald Judt <h.judt at gmx.at> wrote:
> > Am 30.07.2012 21:11, schrieb Liviu Andronic:
> >> Anyways, I sent an "official" inquiry regarding the API and public
> >> availability/redistribution of the data. I didn't yet get a reply, but
> >> will keep you posted.
> > Great. Then we know for sure.
> In the end I got a reply:
> "Most of DuckDuckGo's zero-click information and goodies are avaliable
> for free via our API. To learn more about DuckDuckGo's API, check out
> https://duckduckgo.com/api.html. [The 'zero-click info' is the
> top-side box that comes up with exact matches for specific queries
> (returns Oslo weather forecasts when searching for 'weather oslo',
> returns 36 km/h when searching for 'convert 10 m/s to kph', etc.)]
> However, due to licensing restrictions with World Weather Online (the
> weather data's provider), weather information is not avaliable via the
> DuckDuckGo API.
> As an alternative, I would suggest using the free API provided by
> World Weather Online -
> This means that we cannot use the DDG weather info in our weather
> plugin. But why couldn't we use the free 'World Weather Online' API?
> Their 'Local Weather API'  seems to correspond to our needs. They
> propose it to "Implement our weather forecast in your website, iPhone
> / smartphones or CMS by programming in a language of your choice like
> C#, VB, C++, JAVA or PHP.". Moreover they specify that "it could be
> used for personal as well as for commercial purpose." The developer is
> expected to register for a Weather API key.
>  http://www.worldweatheronline.com/free-weather-feed.aspx
> I'm no legal expert, but why couldn't we do just that? As long as it
> conforms with their ToS, the developer would register for a free API
> key, use it for the app and ship it with the sources. Then Xfce users
> would get reliable weather info, for free, and without the need to
> "steal" someone else's key. If DDG can use the service to access and
> distribute weather info to its users, for free, why can't our plugin
> do that? Or am I missing something?
I am not in the position of the deciding, but what's actually wrong with
the current data provider?
I really like how it's done and how it works now, why should we switch
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