During several code reorganisations for the slowly progressing sqlite support I thought a lot over the ugly things in Liferea (podcast support, media playback, own network code, proxy preference) and ways to overcome them. One conclusion was that one reason for those quality problems is the missing platform. Its hard to admit but Liferea's platform SW stack is to small.
Examples for this is the need for high-level rendering provided by libxul while at the same moment implementing own networking. Or of searching for a way to play podcasts and use the ugly solution of a Flash plugin.
The topic of using GNOME was discussed on the list some times and I usually argumented with high efforts and massive dependencies. I now think at least the first point is incorrect and the other point might have lost its strength because I believe most users running Liferea along with a GNOME installation.
So should Liferea move to GNOME? Are there more benefits than repelled users? What do you think?
To get more opinions on those questions I did ask for advice on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are involved with GNOME and use Liferea please join the discussion there!