To connect to the Feedbase nntp server in Gnus, add this to your gnus-secondary-select-methods:

(nntp ""
  (nntp-open-connection-function nntp-open-tls-stream) ; feedbase does not do STARTTLS (yet?)
  (nntp-port-number 563) ; nntps
  (nntp-address ""))

Start Gnus (M-x gnus), go to the server buffer (^), move point to the line with, press RET and then subscribe (u) to the feeds you want to read. Exit the server (q) and the server buffer (q), get new news (g) and you're ready to go!


Here is a screencast showing how to set up Thunderbird to use Feedbase:

(5m47s, 1280x720, 32 MB)


Most feeds include HTML, so slrn needs to be configured with a script to display HTML:

In your ~/.slrnrc put these lines:

set use_metamail 0
after installing the Python module html2text (Debian package: python3-html2text) and putting in some appropriate place.

Then start slrn by running:

$ slrn -h snews://

There you go!