OT: The future of USENET?

C. P. Ghost cpghost at cordula.ws
Wed Mar 27 11:45:57 UTC 2013

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:49 AM, Matthias Apitz <guru at unixarea.de> wrote:

> Hello,
> This is a bit OT, but maybe some of you FreeBSD folks are as well
> affected like me and/or have any answer or comments...
> In the past I've used a lot the so called newsgroups, even running my own
> inn
> news server for our company and nn as the newsreader. I liked to post
> there technical (and other) questions and answers, or I've google'ed for
> solutions.
> Nowadays there is a big silence :-(
> Where have all the people gone? Is USENET coming to its end?

Well, the public Usenet forums are dwindling, but still there, and
some of them are still quite active. Usenet is also still doing well in
closed communities which can afford to run a newsserver (e.g. some
Universities). I wouldn't write off Usenet yet; neither as a technology
nor as a real network.


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