Alternatives to a local Usenet server
robison at lipid.harvard.edu
Tue Aug 23 00:28:39 EST 1994
Una Smith (una at doliolum.biology.yale.edu) wrote:
: I (Una Smith) wrote:
: >> Dave, are you willing to allow individuals at remote sites to
: >> read the bionet.* newsgroups from net.bio.net?
: >> Note, I do *not* mean a feed from your server to another server.
: >> Many people have to use e-mail to access bionet.* because they
: >> have no local Usenet server.
: Foteos Macrides <macrides at sci.wfeb.edu> wrote:
: >I suspect there are many sites which do not have a news server
: >installed, and are unlikely to carry news locally, but would set
: >up a news reader specifically to read bionet.*, or would point
: >their WWW clients to net.bio.net for that hierarchy.
: About WWW, Fote, I assume you are thinking of a newsreader on
: net.bio.net being accessible from the WWW server there. That
: should not be any major problem, and it might be significantly
: more useful than simply browsing through the archives for each
: group using the WWW or gopher client directly.
I think Fote is thinking of URL in the format
which allow many WWW clients to serve as newsreaders. There are,
I think, even extensions which allow them to serve as
_decent_ newsreaders (i.e. basic Mosaic leaves a lot to be desired --
no posting ability, no threading, etc).
To read in this way requires access to an NNTP server (in UNIX Mosaic you
set the environment variable NNTP_SERVER).
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Department of Genetics / HHMI
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