ANNOUNCE: xfce4-weather-plugin 0.8.0 released

Harald Judt h.judt at
Mon Aug 6 22:22:26 CEST 2012

Am 06.08.2012 21:17, schrieb Liviu Andronic:
> On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM, Johannes Lips <johannes.lips at> wrote:
>> 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
>> again?

First, I find it good to have this discussion. If people ask for these 
kind of things in the future, we can point them here and do not need to 
discuss them again and again. It is good to find out what people 
actually want and expect.

The new version is a bit different from the old one, and that is - quite 
understandably - an issue for some people. Besides, people are used to 
similar applications that all show the current weather.

> As explained earlier in this thread, the current Norvegian provider
> doesn't offer data on current weather, only forecasts. That's an issue
> for some users.
> Regards
> Liviu

So far, 2 or 3 users have declared themselves in favor for a provider 
change, 3 (including me) are satisfied with what we have. One provider, would be fine but might not support enough locations. 
Another one is google and those who are in favor for a provider change 
and maybe others who are not do not like it. The third one,, does not qualify because of its terms of usage 
(correct me if I'm wrong).

To sum it up, the remaining options are:

1) Do nothing and leave things as they are. Some improvements are still 
possible, so let's get the best out of it.
2) Wait for growing and improving. This does not 
conflict with 1). Maybe in a year things look different?
3) Someone checks and proposes another provider who has acceptable terms 
of usage and supports locations world-wide.
4) Write a "pluggable" system to use many different providers, or use 
and improve libgweather, which seems to need to support more locations 
too. Quite a lot of work and probably not very good maintenance-wise.


`Experience is the best teacher.'

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