Mailing lists using usenet newsgroup

Michael Shiloh michaelshiloh1010 at
Fri Jan 2 08:58:41 PST 2015

On 01/01/2015 08:07 PM, Bobbie Sellers wrote:

>>>      I do use Usenet Newsgroups but it seems few people know how to
>>> access these groups which in the case of Linux is really a departure
>>> from
>>> its roots.
>>>      But we could try to propagate an  or we
>>> could simply
>>> pick a newsgroup like alt.os.linux.mandriva and use it.   There are
>>> Linux
>>> newsgroups by the way where your query as to p/o of source code
>>> would be welcome and elicit many replies.
>>>      I suggest the group mentioned above because i am already
>>> subscribed to it and
>>> because since the collapse of the Mandriva company in France it has
>>> been largely
>>> empty with only a few posts about arcane Mandriva programs and what OS
>>> to use when Mandriva is too far behind the curve.
>>>      If anyone wants help in setting up a news.server account  bring
>>> it to this
>>> list and I will do my best as I certainly have made enough mistakes to
>>> know what can go wrong.   The server I use is eternal-september,
>>> properly designated and it is a free text
>>> only server.  If you want a binary group server you most likely will
>>> have to pay.
>>>      Bobbie
>> Hi Bobbie,
>> That's a very interesting suggestion. I am very familiar with
>> newsgroups from
>> back in the 80's. Back then we used 'rn' which probably stood for
>> 'read news'.
>> I tried typing 'rn' just now and Ubuntu suggested I installed trn or trn4
>> which as I recall stood for "threaded read news" so I'd be very happy
>> with
>> this.
>> I invoked trn4 and it says
>>     Connecting to t61b...connection to Connection refused
>> t61b is the name of my computer. Do I need to have a local news server
>> running or
>> can I point trn at some remote server, such as the one you mention?
>> I used to know all this but it's been many, many years ...
>> Michael
>      Well you need a configuration file it seems to me.
>      I think I used rn on some Unix account about 15 years back.
>      I use Thunderbird.
>      bliss

Well then let's use Thunderbird. How do I set up Thunderbird to read the 
alt.os.linux.mandriva newsgroup?


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