ANNOUNCE: xfce4-weather-plugin 0.8.0 released

Harald Judt h.judt at
Tue Aug 7 19:15:09 CEST 2012

Am 07.08.2012 15:17, schrieb Liviu Andronic:
> On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM, Harald Judt <h.judt at> wrote:
>> 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.
> To my surprise the DDG Q&A contact sent me a different suggestion:
> Yahoo! Weather RSS Feed [1].
> [1]
> An example of their API use:
> To get the forecast for Paris, France, use the WOEID 615702:
> Terms of Use:
> "The feeds are provided free of charge for use by individuals and
> non-profit organizations for personal, non-commercial uses. We ask
> that you provide attribution to Yahoo! Weather in connection with your
> use of the feeds.
> If you provide this attribution in text, please use: "Yahoo! Weather."
> If you provide this attribution with a graphic, please use the Yahoo!
> Weather logo that we have included in the feed itself.
>   We reserve all rights in and to the Yahoo! Weather logo, and your
> right to use the Yahoo! Weather logo is limited to providing
> attribution in connection with these RSS feeds.
> Yahoo! also reserves the right to require you to cease distributing
> these feeds at any time for any reason."
> As far as I go, these terms seem pretty innocuous. Our panel plugin is
> clearly not a for-profit organization and has no commercial use. As
> long as we give due credit we should be able to use their feed.
> What do you think?
> Liviu

To be honest, we've been so picky with google because of opensource and 
freedom beliefs, so with regard to its history Yahoo is not a company I 
am very fond of personally.

Apart from that, the license conditions seem ok, and at least they send 
you a XML document that can be parsed. Like Google it doesn't make any 
guarantees about API changes. Further, it doesn't provide a lot of data, 
only weather description and temperature every half an hour or so, but 
better than nothing. The WOEID stuff will fit only clumsily into the 
current latitude/longitude approach.

I wonder what other people here think about it?


`Experience is the best teacher.'

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