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Old 07-05-2003, 06:17 PM   #1
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News Server??


Do you guys know a nice *public* usenet news server?? I'd like to use my newly discovered KNode in order to ask my linux questions on some appropriate groups...

Thanks
 
Old 07-05-2003, 06:54 PM   #2
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Teranews is good.

EDIT: They do have a one time small fee for the "free" service.

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Old 07-05-2003, 07:05 PM   #3
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yeah but that's not really free is it? They take a one time 3.95 fee. Do you know some other servers (perhaps not as good as this one, but that works and that has linux groups)??
 
Old 07-05-2003, 07:27 PM   #4
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The trouble now-a-days is that anything offered free gets tons of abuse. If someone tells me that something is free and the sends me a bill for $400.00 for a 5 year contract, then it is not free. If they request a "very reasonable" amount for "free" services, I cannot complain.
I had already encountered the same thing when signing up for a Freeshell shell account. Although it really is "free", they make you send a dollar within 30 days to keep your account active. I was so impressed that I sent 10 or 20.
The thing is that they get people signing up with bogus accounts to harrass others. I can see that the small fee can help keep this in check.
I think there are other really free services, but their newsfeeds may not be as good.
Good Luck.
 
Old 07-07-2003, 04:53 PM   #5
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Ok I said to myself "what the hell it's just 4 bucks" and create a teranews account. It seems to work ok but the servers are kinda slow aren't they??
Also which news reader do you use?? I had KNode and Pan installed on my system. After test driving both I Pan turned out more professional (if only it wasn't this slow. maybe it's because it is my first day). Do you have any other suggestions.??
 
Old 07-07-2003, 07:45 PM   #6
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personally, i use slrn, which is a console-based newsreader - so it may not be to your liking
 
Old 07-07-2003, 09:05 PM   #7
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There are several free newsgroup servers, but IMO they don't let you post. Makes complete sense to me, as 2damncommon said. More often than not, however, I find better (more thorough, faster, and more comprehensive) answers searching here at LQ than on the linux/slackware/whatnot newsgroups
 
Old 07-07-2003, 09:12 PM   #8
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kinda slow aren't they??
What is slow? Text posts in the Linux groups should be pretty quick.
I have generally not had a problem with speed on Teranews.
Pan is what I use most of the time.
Tin is nice on the console.
 
  


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