I recently found a nifty RSS reader for the desktop, called akregator.
akregator is a KDE application which allows you to collect and read RSS/RDF/Atom feeds from news-sites, blogs, whatever. I tried some other RSS readers, but akregator seems to meet my needs best. It's especially quite fast, even with lots of feeds (I currently have more than 100 feeds on my list).
akregator has been named KDE App of The Month in January 2005.