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a Newsreader |
"newsreader" is a program that reads the Usenet conferences. Well, all right,
it doesn't read them. It presents them in an organized way so that you
read them. Any newsreader will let you choose what newsgroup to read and what
messages to read. Many have other features.|
are several newsreaders to choose from. Your decision will depend on the kind
of interface you have to the Net, and - to a lesser extent - on your own preferences.
you are using SLIP or PPP, your newsreader can reside on your own system at
home. If you have a Unix shell account, you will pick one of the newsreaders
supported by the IO system itself.
Newsreaders: rn, trn, strn, tin, and nnIn
the time-honored Unix tradition of naming programs after famous letters of
the alphabet, we present the Usenet newsreaders. If you have a "shell account"
- that is, if your basic interface is the Unix prompt - you will use one of
these to read your news.
can also use pine (described above) from the Unix shell, and many people do
find it convenient to use the same program for both mail and news!
can start any Unix program just by typing its name. So, for instance, if you
you'll be running the "trn" newsreader.
for 'read news'. The grandaddy of them all, I still use it. Other users, enamored
of their relentlessly featureful newsreaders shake their head sadly, as if
I were pulling up in front of the office in a stagecoach. Why use it? It is
somewhat faster, and considerably less likely to do something weird than the
others. On the other hand, it has a fairly hostile interface that forces users
to memorize lots of letters.
for 'threaded read news'. Interface-wise, it's pretty much like rn, except
it has more commands, and does this really cool thing where it shows you a
map to the 'threads' of a discussion in the upper right corner.
next level. Stands for 'scanning threaded read news program'. All the strn
documentation is readable by running strn and typing the 'H' key, which enters
the online documentation browser. If you really
man pages, do 'man trn' for info on features shared by trn and strn.
for 'threaded interface to notes'. The winner in the user-interface department,
it does threads (sort of) and is great at breaking down posts into subjects
and letting you tackle one subject at a time. Ranks fairly high on my 'random
weirdness' scale, however, as it is still going through fairly rapid change
by its author.
for 'no news' is good news. More of a religion than a newsreader, nn is based
on the principle that the primary purpose of a newsreader is to get rid of
news. Has a reasonably friendly interface. May do weird things, but its acolytes
rigorously maintain a code of silence.