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Bill Sheppard
June 15th, 2009, 09:48 PM
There's been a lot of banter recently about AT&T dropping Usenet service very soon, which would mean loss of access to newsgroups. Does this mean that if one is getting NGs thru Google Groups, that AT&T is dropping GG? If this is true, and since I'm stuck with AT&T, what is the best way of getting NGs on Ubuntu?
Other banter says AT&T is only dropping 'binaries' due to child porn liability, not dropping Usenet altogether. So I'm totally confused.:(
Any info appreciated. Thanks

Bill

ftabor
June 16th, 2009, 02:29 AM
Google Groups is not Usenet. Google Groups is an archive of Usenet groups and articles that happens to allow posting.

If you use Google Groups, there will be no change to you. Otherwise you can get a Usenet account with any one of many Usenet providers. Giganew, Astraweb, etc. Do a search for Usenet providers to get a complete list.

Prices range from free, (you get what you pay for), to as much as $50 or more dollars per month, depending on how many binaries you want to download.

Bill Sheppard
June 16th, 2009, 04:12 PM
Google Groups is not Usenet. Google Groups is an archive of Usenet groups and articles that happens to allow posting.

If you use Google Groups, there will be no change to you.

Thanks for the clarification.
Bill

Butthead
June 17th, 2009, 12:06 AM
Also take into account that Usenet (especially with the rise of Web based forums) is probably on it's way out as a communication medium. :(

New computer users don't want to use old, clunky, text-based interfaces when new, flashy, graphic-intensive alternatives are available. :frown:

andrew.46
June 17th, 2009, 02:36 PM
Hi butthead,


Also take into account that Usenet (especially with the rise of Web based forums) is probably on it's way out as a communication medium. :(

I would strongly disagree with this view. Usenet is still thriving despite the recent changes in the United States. A great alternative to the many ISPs who are seizing the opportunity to dump their news feeds is the service that I use: individual.net for the miserly sum of 10 euros per year.


New computer users don't want to use old, clunky, text-based interfaces when new, flashy, graphic-intensive alternatives are available. :frown:

Well despite the fact that many newsreaders do in fact carry a gui these days (Pan, Thunderbird, Evolution) there has been something of a revival in the older text based newsreaders, in particular slrn:

http://slrn.sourceforge.net/

which has seen a new release recently, and which has an enthusiast promoting its use on these very forums:

[Howto] Setup the commandline newsreader slrn
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=475246

All the best,

Andrew