Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Paperboy cost anything?

A: Absolutely not! Paperboy is distributed under the GPL, meaning you can use, modify, and distribute Paperboy as long as it remains free.

Q: What platforms does Paperboy run on?

A: The paperboy base program is designed to be very portable, it should run on every POSIX system (this includes Max OS X). It has compiled (and run) cleanly on Mac OS X and various flavors of GNU/Linux including Debian, Gentoo, and GNOPPIX (Ubuntu). Currently, Paperboy is not designed to run on Microsoft Windows, however a future port is very possible, as not much would need to be changed.

Q: What do you mean when you say "Paperboy can work with any XML based news format"?

A: Because Paperboy uses XSLT templates, it can transform any XML based document into any text based document type. Some of the extension programs (Paperboy-GUI for example) can only handle pure RSS 2.0, but this shouldn't be a problem becuase you can apply an XSLT templates to transform the source document into RSS 2.0. Using this feature allows you to transform'documents of non-RSS (like ATOM or RDF) types into RSS. Some pre-designed templates are provided to convert between different feed types so you shouldn't need to worry about that.

Q: How can I inform the devleopers of Paperboy about errors, ideas, etc...

A: All comments, questions, ideas, etc... should be directed to the development mailing list:

Q: So how'd you make this nifty website? Can you make one for me?

A: This site was made with Titania which is part of the Paperboy WDM project— a web development framework designed for low-end and novice users which uses Paperboy RSS as a back-end! If you'd like to learn more about it, go to the official site.