The latest version of INN is available at http://www.isc.org/, so you can always grab the source and build your own INN if you really want to. But Linux distributions come with a prebuilt INN that you can just install and use. For example, if you ask the Red Hat installer to include INN, Linux will boot up with a news server running and ready for use.
There are a lot more moving parts in INN than
you’ll need to run local discussions. It’s a complex
beast and has grown more so over time. In addition to the server
, there are:
, which launches the server;
, which is started once per connection
to handle conversations between newsreaders and the main server;
innwatch, which monitors the server; and a handful
of other helpers. There are also news-related
entries for scheduled replication and
If you’re setting up a Usenet node, you’ll need to understand and work with many of INN ’s components. To find out how, see O’Reilly & Associates’ Managing Usenet by Henry Spencer and David Lawrence. For light-duty local conferencing, though, you don’t need to worry about most of that machinery. I’ll focus here on just the minimum setup.
Start by editing the configuration file called
inn.conf—on my Red Hat system, it’s
/etc/news/inn.conf—and name your company
or department in the
organization: field. If you
don’t, all messages posted to your server will carry the
Organization: A poorly installed InterNetNews site ...