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==== Linux ==== ==== Linux ====
 +* [http://akregator.kde.org/ Akregator] - see [[Subscribe to a Redmine Forum with Akregator]]
* [http://liferea.sourceforge.net/ Liferea] * [http://liferea.sourceforge.net/ Liferea]
* [http://blam.cmartin.tk/ Blam] * [http://blam.cmartin.tk/ Blam]

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A web feed (or news feed) is a data format used for providing users with frequently updated content. Content distributors syndicate a web feed, thereby allowing users to subscribe to it. Making a collection of web feeds accessible in one spot is known as aggregation, which is performed by an aggregator. A web feed is also sometimes referred to as a syndicated feed. - Wikipedia

You may also here the term RSS feed or Atom feed, which are types of web feeds. Most feed readers can handle both and it shouldn't be necessary for you to distinguish between them. You can use a feed to keep track of posts on a Redmine forum.


Finding the url for a feed in your browser

The url for the Software Engineering forums is http://redmine.scorec.rpi.edu/projects/scorec-software/boards?format=atom. You can find the url for any forums on Redmine in the bottom right corner, where you'll see a link that says Atom next to a blue icon. Many sites with rss feeds have a link on the page somewhere.

Alternatively, your web browser should have an orange icon on the right side of the url bar when it detects a web feed on a page. In Firefox, just click this icon and it will take you to the feed. You can then fetch the feed url from the url bar. In Chrome, you need to install the RSS Subscription Extension to make the feed icon appear in the url bar. Feed support varies by browser.

Popular feed readers/aggregators

Browser based feed readers


  • Firefox comes built in with Live Bookmarks (follow the link for instructions on using live bookmarks). These let you click on a bookmark to see a list of the latest posts, which it will update regularly. It will not alert you when there is new content
  • Brief is a firefox addon that works as a feed reader.

Standalone feed readers


Online feed readers

Online feed readers are accessed like any other website, and do not require you to install any additional software.

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