Internet News Clients

The Netnews system dates back to 1979, when researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina designed a system to distribute discussion group postings that would overcome the limitations of simple mailing lists [Spencer & Lawrence, 1998]. This rapidly grew into Usenet, a global Internet-based bulletin-board system comprising thousands of named newsgroups.

Because of its sheer size (more than 34,000 newsgroups and daily news flow rates measured in the gigabytes), Usenet has been diminishing in favor among Internet users. However, there has been a resurgence of interest recently in using Netnews for private discussion servers, helpdesk applications, and other roles in corporate intranets.

Netnews is organized ...

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