First Touch with GTK Programming

I should have blogged about this several months ago, but better late than never, eh?

I’ve been looking for a great News program. I currently use Thunderbird, but every now and then I find myself wishing for something more. When I went looking for replacements, I was hoping to find something written in Python. And I did find XPN. But it has it’s own issues, among other things no real SSL support. I did write a fix for that, though.

I then found Pan, which seems like a really capable News program. Unfortunately it does not come with SSL support either. It is possible to use it with Stunnel, of course, but this is an extra hassle that it would be nice to be able to live without. Last fall I actually started work on adding SSL support to Pan2. I did the GUI parts first, since I wanted to learn about GTK programming. It was quite easy, and I was pretty happy with the GTK documentation. Unfortunately I found that adding SSL would be more work than I was hoping for, and tedious with lots of debugging expected, and just haven’t felt like I’d want to do that (again, it turns out, since I’ve already done this kind of thing in Python).

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