How to access Usenet

Summary: Usenet client overview; Usenet reader overview; Usenet server overview]
In order to read Usenet articles, you need two things:

news reader software (also known as a "client")
This software which provides a convenient user interface to list, track and
display articles. It also allows composing and submitting new articles.

There are many free versions of news reader software, and a news reader is
built into many Internet Browsers. More details on client software

Access to a news server
A news server is a computer system which provides shared storage for
Usenet articles. In most cases, news servers are accessed using the Internet,
but it can be done over a LAN, if a news server exists on the LAN.

Most internet service subscribtions include access to a news server which you
can use. In order to keep demand down, most news servers are not open
to the general public: they are reserved for exclusive use by customers.

All you need to know is the newsserver machine name, which you use to
configure the client software.

More Detailed Topics
Usenet RKT : More details on client software
Usenet RKT: Trouble with news reader software
Usenet RKT : (coming later!)How news gets to you

Overview and Related Topics
Usenet RKT : What is Usenet? Why do I care?

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