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Mon Mar 9 12:49:58 PDT 2009
On Mon, 9 Mar 2009 07:14:26 -0700
> For text, I'd recommend slrn. Gary is already using mutt, so I'd
> suggest he go that route, or alternatively, try mutt's nntp patch and
> use mutt instead. Works perfectly well and it's what I use. If reading
> news is going to be a regular thing, then setting up a local server of
> some sort (to pull down feeds from one or more providers) may be a
> useful addition, though slrn does does provide a companion program to do
> something similar.
> Binary groups, on the other hand, are generally best handled by a GUI
> client. If you know what you're doing, command-line programs like nget,
> nzbperl, etc. may be preferrable or useful additions.
> The thing to keep in mind is that irrespective of what client one is
> using, it's the quality of the feed that matters most. At least for
> non-casual use. For a top notch feed, expect to pay out a few extra
> bucks per month. That typically gives you a host of other benefits that
> would include a complete hierarchy, high retention levels, unrestricted
> download speeds, web access, multiple connections, multiple servers,
> NNTPS, HTTPs, Clarinet, and a direct line to customer support.
Even though this has nothing to do with FreeBSD, its worth mentioning
that pulling down headers for a news group can use a lot of disk space
and consume a lot of time. The OP might consider using one of the NZB
aggregator sites and using a client that is NZB capable. This, of
course, is most useful for binaries. The other tools usually required
for these multipart postings are also in the tree. A little bit
of Googling will cover learning how to use them.
Back to my lurking corner ;-)
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