|What is RSS?|
RSS is a simple data exchange format which allows web sites to provide specific types of data in a manner which is easy-to-use in news tickers, or for syndication on other web sites (such as you would find on the sidebar of sites like FreshMeat or Slashdot. The RSS format can be used to export almost any sort of data, though is most commonly used today for the export of news data from web sites or for the export of blog (i.e. web diary) entries.
how do i access an rss feed?
There are many RSS readers available (for a variety of OS platforms). Several RSS readers are hosted on SourceForge.net, including AmphetaDesk (available for MS Windows platforms, Linux and Mac OS). A number of lists of good RSS readers are available on the Internet; Google may be of use in finding an RSS reader for your OS platform.
You may use the orange XML icons on this page, or on the project-specific RSS feed pages, to access the links to the RSS feeds. The process for adding an RSS feed to your subscription list will vary from reader to reader; typically a facility to 'Add a RSS feed' or 'Add a channel' is provided (feeds are synonymous with channels) where you may enter the URL to the feed you wish to include.