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Old 07-26-2013, 01:40 AM   #1
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Usenet software?


Hi,

What software do folks use for reading Usenet newsgroups? I've been using Pan for a while, and then switched to Thunderbird. I have to make a list of Usenet software for my book, but instead of googling blindly for it, I'd be curious to know what programs are effectively in use (including command-line clients).

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Niki
 
Old 07-26-2013, 04:39 AM   #2
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Hi,

tin for me.

But, I believe slrn is quite popular in new group alt.os.linux.slackware

Regards
John
 
Old 07-26-2013, 06:35 AM   #3
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slrn
 
Old 07-26-2013, 06:58 AM   #4
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Gnus (emacs based)
 
Old 07-26-2013, 07:52 AM   #5
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Hi,

tin for me.

But, I believe slrn is quite popular in new group alt.os.linux.slackware

Regards
John
alt.os.linux.slackware USENET in 1993 & Google Group was created in 2002. alt.os.linux.slackware was founded sometime in 1993 after the release. The first Linux USENET newsgroup was founded in 1992.

Easiest WEB access to the newsgroups can be had via Google Groups. Early on I used newsreaders to access alt.os.linux.slackware, slrn;
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NAME
slrn - An easy to use NNTP / spool based newsreader.

SYNOPSIS
slrn [-aCdknmw] [-C-] [-Dname] [-f newsrc-file] [-i config-file] [-k0] [--create] [--debug file] [--help] [--inews] [--kill-log file] [--nntp
[-h server] [-p port]] [--show-config] [--spool] [--version]

DESCRIPTION
slrn is an easy to use but powerful NNTP / spool based newsreader.

It is highly customizable, supports scoring, free key bindings and can be extended using the embedded S-Lang interpreter.

To use slrn, you either need to set the NNTPSERVER environment variable to the server you want to read news from or specify a server on the command
line. A newsrc file is needed, too. In case you do not yet have one, you can create it using ``slrn -f ~/.jnewsrc --create''.

Inside slrn, online help is available via the '?' key.
originally then starting using a browser to access Google Groups. I did use a mail/news client for a while before switching to the WEB. After a while, things started to get old from the trolling, foul language and attacks from trolls.

My main reason to move over to LQ, in order to have intelligent intercommunication concerning issues throughout the Linux community. LQ Slackware forum was a jewel compared to alt.os.linux.slackware outright poor interactions between users caused by trolls , baiters and outright USENET violators. I really got tired of the hassles.

A moderated forum can seem restrictive at times but you should have a good experience because you do have to follow the same rules as other members.
 
Old 07-26-2013, 08:36 AM   #6
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I've been using pan, with par2 and rar from slackbuilds for my.. entirely legal usenet activities..

Pans got a command line interface that seems to work ok. For a while I had a python script that was monitoring a directory for new .nzb files, downloading everything through pans command line and then attempting to unpack and veryify things automatically. That last step is the tricky part!
 
Old 07-26-2013, 11:10 AM   #7
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My main reason to move over to LQ, in order to have intelligent intercommunication concerning issues throughout the Linux community. LQ Slackware forum was a jewel compared to alt.os.linux.slackware outright poor interactions between users caused by trolls , baiters and outright USENET violators. I really got tired of the hassles
I've been using alt.os.linux.slackware for a few years, and found much valuable information there, even though the signal/noise ratio was sometimes poor, though even the noise could teach you things in an unexpected way. This specific newsgroup sported (and still sports for all I know) what has to be by far the world's most agressive troll, Realto Margarino. Discussing with this guy was a bit like trying to do karate with the guys from the local Foreign Legion for relaxing. Given you survive the operation, you're vaccinated against about any type of agression for the rest of your life.
 
Old 07-26-2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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Google Groups in Google Chrome.

I have an Eternal September account, but never used it. If I wanted to read Usenet with a newsreader again, I'd use pan.
 
Old 07-26-2013, 12:09 PM   #9
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I've been using alt.os.linux.slackware for a few years, and found much valuable information there, even though the signal/noise ratio was sometimes poor, though even the noise could teach you things in an unexpected way. This specific newsgroup sported (and still sports for all I know) what has to be by far the world's most agressive troll, Realto Margarino. Discussing with this guy was a bit like trying to do karate with the guys from the local Foreign Legion for relaxing. Given you survive the operation, you're vaccinated against about any type of agression for the rest of your life.
I do remember RM and his ways. There are several others in his gang but I do not want to waste my time looking for their handles/username. I have found LQ Slackware forum reliable, valuable and resourceful over AOLS. Hands down!

Less hassle, less headache!
 
Old 07-26-2013, 01:09 PM   #10
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There were a lot of trolls and "troll hunters" (just as bad) on AOLS, but still, I learned a lot there.
 
Old 07-26-2013, 02:52 PM   #11
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I have an Eternal September account, and I use pan. It's amazing how seriously dead Usenet is these days.
 
Old 07-26-2013, 07:23 PM   #12
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I use Pan and Opera (text newsgroups), but, frankly, I've pretty much given up on newsgroups for information.
 
Old 07-26-2013, 08:03 PM   #13
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......
The first Linux USENET newsgroup was founded in 1992.
......
A moderated forum can seem restrictive at times but you should have a good experience because you do have to follow the same rules as other members.
Actually I forgot the 's', meant "news" instead of "new". In anycase I agree, a moderated forum is pretty much a "must" these days. Not to mention alt.* is probably not carried everywhere and may even be dropped without notice.

John
 
Old 07-26-2013, 10:20 PM   #14
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Another happy slrn user here . I also use Leafnode 2 as a proxy NNTP server and individual.net, you need a decent upstream filter these days on Usenet...
 
Old 07-27-2013, 12:11 AM   #15
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I use knode to follow newsgroups and mailing lists (via gmane)
 
  


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