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As of 2020-04-14 news is back up! §

You’ll need a news (NNTP) client to read news. The address is port:119, and it is open to the internet at large. Thanks to ~deepend for getting it set back up!

News clients §

slrn §

slrn is a newsreader; see for details.

First, add export NNTPSERVER="localhost" to your shellrc (.bashrc, .zshrc) and source it (source path/to/.shellrc).

Then run slrn --create to create the slrn config file, and lastly slrn -d to populate group names.

You’re now ready to run slrn! If the list is empty, press L (for list-groups) and enter * in the field for all groups. You might need to enter each group (pressing space) to get a proper count for how many (if any) unread messages there are.

pine/alpine §

[[pine]] can read news; this might help. You can also read the FAQ from U Washington.

In Pine do

  1. ‘S’ for setup, ‘C’ for config, then
  2. set ‘NNTP Server (for news)’ to
  3. Then go back to the main menu, and pick Folder List,
  4. A for add, ^t for list

Emacs §

M-x gnus in [emacs] can read news, but you better know [emacs] first before you start.

lynx §

[lynx] reads news, a la lynx news:// It can even post news, but you have to design your own headers.

tin §

There is also tin.

Thunderbird §

If you’re using Thunderbird for email, it can also be configured for news.

  1. Go to the Tools menu, -> Account Settings
  2. Under Account Actions click Add Other Account...
  3. Select “Newsgroup Account”
  4. Type in the name you and email address you want associated with your posts. This can be your real name and email address, or any other name (like your tilde username) and any other email address.
  5. For the “Newsgroup Server” type Give it a name (“” works fine), confirm a couple of times and you’re done! You should see a new entry for in your accounts list.
  6. Right click on “” in your accounts list and click Subscribe...
  7. You should see a dialog with a tree of news topics. Click one and click Subscribe to subscribe to the topic. When Thunderbird is running, it will periodically check for new messages to each of these topics. You will also see a list of topics in your accounts list with unread counts.
  8. To post to a topic, open the topic and click the “Write” button.