Communication

5 Best Free and Open Source 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.

Here’s our recommendations.

Best Free and Open Source Usenet Tools

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5 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 5 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.

Usenet Tools
SABnzbdWeb-based binary newsgrabber with NZB support
PanBased on GTK2 and looks like Forte Agent
NyuuCommand-line binary usenet poster
ThunderbirdMail/news client with RSS and integrated spam filter support
LottaNZBSimple and automated downloader

Besides Thunderbird, there are other email clients, such as Claws Mail and Sylpheed, that offer basic Usenet functionality.


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