[TUHS] Old Usenet newsreader source code?

Steve Nickolas usotsuki at buric.co
Wed May 9 05:23:07 AEST 2018

On Tue, 8 May 2018, Grant Taylor via TUHS wrote:

> On 05/08/2018 12:35 PM, Arthur Krewat wrote:
>> USENET as an entity is still alive and well.
> Indeed.  Some might argue that there's a resurgence of Usenet servers. I'm 
> just one example that's has decided to run a text only news server. I see 
> more of them every year.
>> The reason for it might be sharing of warez and porn,
> I personally don't object to content leveraging the Usenet infrastructure, 
> *as* *long* *as* *it's* *legal*.
> I can personally decide if I want to partake / consume in content or not.  — 
> Obviously my text only news server does not partake in non-textual content.
>> but for example, alt.sys.pdp10 still exists
> Yep.
> I'm showing 164 messages since October 10th 2017.
> % ls -1 /var/spool/news/articles/alt/sys/pdp10 | wc -l
> 164
> % ls -l /var/spool/news/articles/alt/sys/pdp10 | grep 2017
> -rw-rw-r-- 1 news news 1463 Oct 10  2017 1
>> The problem is, many of us have stopped using it for whatever reason, and 
>> certainly don't store/forward much.
> Fair.
> I wonder how different things would be if various web applications leveraged 
> Usenet (NNTP) (or IMAP) as a back end storage for things like blogs / forums.
>> Maybe it's time to take it back and get back to the original intention of 
> I question if there is really anything to take back.  I was active in 
> comp.mail.sendmail for years and then stopped when I changed jobs.  All I had 
> to do was subscribe my news reader and continue like nothing ever changed. 
> (Save for the smaller amount of content in said newsgroup these days.)


> I've personally run small news servers with ~10 peers twice.  One time years 
> ago, and again now I have two news servers.  One is on my VPS with a bunch of 
> peers and the other is in my house that only peers with my VPS.
> If anyone wants to get back into the game, let me know and I'll happily peer 
> with you.

I've thought of running a usenet server or servers - I've got a few 
servers - but I don't even know about software to do so, let alone servers 
to peer with.

> I think that "take back" really directly translates to "use again".

I've never really stopped. xD


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