Introduction & Installation
package. Install it, and open it up!
The program is very easy to use. As soon as you open it, you are already within the main program window, and it will already be updating the few default feeds that it has configured. Here you can click on a source in the left pane and view individual articles from that source in the right pane. If you scroll down a little, you’ll find a metafolder of all unread items, so you can quickly read all the unread articles instead of searching for them in each individual news source.
Adding new feeds is quick and easy. Just click on the “Add Subscription” button, and type in either the full URL of the RSS feed if you know it, or simply type in the home address of the site and Liferea will pick out the default one for you.
Migration to Liferea is also very easy. The program does a great job of importing and exporting feed lists. If you’ve been a user of Google Reader, you can export your feed list from there and import it into Liferea, and you’ll have all the sources that you had in Google Reader.
If you happen to peek into the preferences (though you really don’t need to), you’ll find a handful of options to customize your viewing experience, as you might expect from Linux. Surprisingly (for me), there are also a few social media options, such as where to store bookmarks.
Finally, the last great and unique feature of Liferea is a script manager, where you can add custom scripts that run whenever a certain action occurs. You can choose where to hook the script, just as startup. Scripts isn’t my domain, but if you like customizing the world via scripts, this might even be your most-used feature, aside from your actual reading.
Overall, Liferea is among the best RSS feed readers that I’ve seen, especially on Linux. For me, it is feature-complete and does what I want it to do. The extra features and settings will also make those happy who want more out of the program than just simple reading. Even if you’ve never got into reading RSS feeds, try Liferea. Just add a source by entering the website, and you’ll get started in no time.
A word of wisdom for those who may be confused by this – at startup, Liferea needs to write a lot onto your hard drive because it is updating a list of feeds when it starts, and it will take longer if you have more feeds in Liferea. The disk activity may slow down your system until it is done, so be aware of that instead of screaming and kicking at your computer. Just remember, the sooner it’s done, the better.
Are you an active RSS feed reader? Do you or will you be using Liferea? Could Liferea possibly get you into reading RSS feeds? Do you think RSS feeds are even relevant now with other ways to get news and information? Let us know in the comments!
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