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8 of the Best Free Linux Usenet Tools

8 of the Best Free Linux Usenet Tools

Usenet is a worldwide distributed Internet discussion system. It was founded in 1980 to enable users to read and post public messages to various newsgroups. As such, it predates forums, blogs, instant messaging and P2P networks.

The importance of Usenet as an environment for discussion has diminished over recent years given the increasing popularity of internet forums and blogs. However, the newsgroup community remains very active and vocal. It continues to be a great resource of information, and to obtain support from like-minded individuals. Moreover, Usenet is a popular means of downloading files including Linux distributions.

Unlike web forums, Usenet does not have a central server or a dedicated administrator. Instead, Usenet is distributed among a conglomeration of servers that store and pass messages to each other. There are several different types of newsreaders. Some newsreaders are intended primarily for discussions, others are better suited for downloading files. Newsreaders that help users to adhere to the netiquette are evaluated by the Good Netkeeping Seal of Approval (GNKSA). There are also tools which are dedicated for downloading files only.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 8 high quality Usenet tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to join in with Usenet.

Now, let's explore the 8 Usenet tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Usenet Binary Downloaders
SABnzbd Web-based binary newsgrabber with NZB support
LottaNZB Simple and automated downloader
hellanzb Python based file downloader and post-processor
KLibido Usenet binary grabber for KDE
Usenet Newsreaders
Pan Based on GTK2 and looks like Forte Agent
KNode KDE newsreader
XPN Graphical newsreader written in Python and GTK+ toolkit
Thunderbird Mail/news client with RSS and integrated spam filter support

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