Installing Mozilla Raindrop on Ubuntu Karmic

Raindrop is a project of Mozilla Labs, which aims to create a unified messaging application and a social networks aggregator. It's in an early development stage, but still promising.

While I do see a current need for aggregation of centralized social network sites, I'm convinced distributed social networking will succeed at last. Raindrop might however be able to support this issue by offering a unified personal interface for social networking.

Since Ubuntu Karmic already comes with Pyhton and CouchDB, installing Raindrop is quite straightforward:

cd ~
# Install all dependencies and tools
sudo apt-get install mercurial python-setuptools python-twisted
# Checkout the raindrop source
hg clone -r 0.1 http://hg.mozilla.org/labs/raindrop
#
Get paisley (which isn't packaged yet
wget http://launchpad.net/paisley/0.1/0.1/+download/paisley-0.1.tar.gz
#
Install paisley
tar -zxvf paisley-0.1.tar.gz
cd paisley-0.1
sudo ./setup.py install
cd ~
# Check if all dependencies are satisfied
./raindrop/server/python/check-raindrop.py

Raindrop does not yet offer a graphical configuration utility, so you will need a text editor.

gedit ~/.raindrop

Here's an example configuration file:

[account-twitter-yourusername]
proto=twitter
kind=twitter
username=yourusername
password=yourpassword

[account-imap-yourusername]
proto=imap
kind=imap
host=mail.example.com
port=143
username=yourusername
password=yourpassword
ssl=False

[account-rss-markusthielmanncom]
proto=rss
uri=http://markusthielmann.com/feed

After you created a configuration, you might want to tell Raindrop to fetch your messages:

cd ~/raindrop/server/python
./run-raindrop.py sync-messages --max-age=5days

After the script finishes, you're able to have a look at your inbox:

http://localhost:5984/raindrop/inflow/index.html

A word of warning: Raindrop does currently not support desktop-couch. This means, every user on your PC is able to access your inbox via the given URL. So if you're running a multiuser system, be warned.

Comments

How about a review? Is it

How about a review? Is it worth the effort at this point?

You currently can't use it

You currently can't use it for anything besides watching how development moves on. So your question highly depends on what you expect to see.

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