I love Mozilla Thunderbird. I love using it with IMAP which lets me synchronize with GMail. To make the experience complete, I also like to view my RSS feeds. Setting them up is shamefully easy. There's no excuse not to try it, so let's do it.
First, we need to set up an account so select Other Accounts from the File > New drop-down menu to initiate the Account Wizard. There are three choices. Accept the default for Blogs and Newsfeeds.
Figure 1: Follow the Wizard to set up your feeds
Click Next. Keeping it simple for this article, go with the default title.
Figure 2: You can name this as you please
Click Finish and you're done. Next, you need to actually configure a feed. Simple. The wizard will have created an entry in the Thunderbird sidepane. Right click it and select Subscribe.
Figure 3: Subscribe will guide the feed setup
Click in the Feed URL box and paste in the feed address. As you might expect, I chose FSM. It's only a matter of clicking on Add for Thunderbird to verify and import the FSM feed. It appears directly underneath Blogs and Newsfeeds.
Figure 4: FSM's newsfeed is go
Just clicking on it will open the feed contents. If you prefer, middle clcik on the feed to open it in a separate tab so that you can still view your e-mail in the other tab.
Again, middle click any feed article and it will open in another tab to display contents.
Figure 5: Middle click to open the full article in Thunderbird
Figure 6: From RSS feed to browser in Thunderbird
Being a desktop e-mail client worthy of the name, the feeds can be emailed, simply by right clicking on them and selecting Forward. A single feed will appear inline. Multiple feeds will be added as attachments.
If you want a RSS feed manager for Thunderbird with more features, install the Bamboo addon. Feature rich and well worth installing. I run it concurrently in a separate tab.
A retired but passionate user of free and open source for nearly ten years, novice Python programmer, Ubuntu user, musical wanabee when "playing" piano and guitar. When not torturing musical instruments, rumoured to be translating Vogon poetry into Swahili.