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usenet


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  Usenet  /yoos'net/  or  /yooz'net/  n.  [from  `Users'  Network';  the 
  original  spelling  was  USENET,  but  the  mixed-case  form  is  now  widely 
  preferred]  A  distributed  {bboard}  (bulletin  board)  system  supported 
  mainly  by  Unix  machines.  Originally  implemented  in  1979-1980  by  Steve 
  Bellovin  Jim  Ellis,  Tom  Truscott,  and  Steve  Daniel  at  Duke  University, 
  it  has  swiftly  grown  to  become  international  in  scope  and  is  now 
  probably  the  largest  decentralized  information  utility  in  existence. 
  As  of  early  1996,  it  hosts  over  10,000  {newsgroup}s  and  an  average  of 
  over  500  megabytes  (the  equivalent  of  several  thousand  paper  pages) 
  of  new  technical  articles,  news  discussion,  chatter,  and  {flamage} 
  every  day  (and  that  leaves  out  the  graphics...). 
 
  By  the  year  the  Internet  hit  the  mainstream  (1994)  the  original 
  UUCP  transport  for  Usenet  was  fading  out  of  use  (see  {UUCPNET})  -  almost 
  all  Usenet  connections  were  over  Internet  links.  A  lot  of  newbies  and 
  journalists  began  to  refer  to  "Internet  newsgroups"  as  though  Usenet 
  was  and  always  had  been  just  another  Internet  service.  This  ignorance 
  greatly  annoys  experienced  Usenetters. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Usenet 
 
    /yoos'net/  or  /yooz'net/  (Or  "Usenet  news",  from 
  "Users'  Network")  A  distributed  {bulletin  board}  system  and 
  the  people  who  post  and  read  articles  thereon.  Originally 
  implemented  in  1979  -  1980  by  Steve  Bellovin  Jim  Ellis,  Tom 
  Truscott,  and  Steve  Daniel  at  Duke  University,  and  supported 
  mainly  by  {Unix}  machines,  it  swiftly  grew  to  become 
  international  in  scope  and  before  the  advent  of  the 
  {World-Wide  Web},  probably  the  largest  decentralised 
  information  utility  in  existence. 
 
  Usenet  encompasses  government  agencies,  universities,  high 
  schools,  businesses  of  all  sizes,  and  home  computers  of  all 
  descriptions.  In  the  beginning,  not  all  Usenet  hosts  were  on 
  the  Internet.  As  of  early  1993,  it  hosted  over  1200 
  {newsgroups}  ("groups"  for  short)  and  an  average  of  40 
  megabytes  (the  equivalent  of  several  thousand  paper  pages)  of 
  new  technical  articles,  news  discussion,  chatter,  and 
  {flamage}  every  day  By  November  1999,  the  number  of  groups 
  had  grown  to  over  37,000. 
 
  To  join  in  you  originally  needed  a  {news  reader}  program  but 
  there  are  now  several  web  gateways  such  as  {Deja 
  (http://www.deja.com/)}.  Several  {web  browsers}  include  news 
  readers  and  {URL}s  beginning  "news:"  refer  to  Usenet 
  newsgroups 
 
  {Network  News  Transfer  Protocol}  is  a  {protocol}  used  to 
  transfer  news  articles  between  a  news  {server}  and  a  {news 
  reader}.  The  {uucp}  {protocol}  was  sometimes  used  to  transfer 
  articles  between  servers,  though  this  is  probably  rare  now 
  that  most  sites  are  on  the  {Internet}. 
 
  {Stanford  University}  runs  a  service  to  send  news  articles  by 
  {electronic  mail}.  Send  electronic  mail  to 
    with  help"  in  the  message  body. 
  [Still?  URL?] 
 
  {(http://www.openmarket.com/info/internet-index/current-sources.html)} 
 
  {Notes  on  news 
  (http://www.ifi.uio.no/~larsi/notes/notes.html)}  by  Lars  Magne 
  Ingebrigtsen  . 
 
  [Gene  Spafford  ,  "What  is  Usenet?", 
  regular  posting  to  {news:news.announce.newusers}]. 
 
  (1999-12-17) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  USENET 
  USErs'  NETwork  (Internet)