Archive-name: usenet/software/part1 Original-from: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gene Spafford) Comment: edited until 5/93 by email@example.com (Gene Spafford) Last-change: 3 Dec 1996 by firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Moraes) Changes-posted-to: news.admin.misc,news.misc,news.software.readers,news.software.b,news.answers [.......]
ANU-NEWS is news package written by Geoff Huston of Australia for VMS systems. ANU-NEWS is a complete news system that allows reading, posting, direct replies, moderated newsgroups, etc. in a fashion closely related to regular news. The implementation includes the RFC 1036 news propagation algorithms and integrated use of the NNTP protocols (see below) to support remote news servers, implemented as a VAX/VMS Decnet object. An RFC 977 server implemented as a Decnet object is also included. ANU-NEWS currently includes support for the following TCP/IP protocols: MultiNet, CMU/TEK, Wollongong WIN/TCP, UCX (TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS), EXOS, and TCPware. The ANU-NEWS interface is similar to standard DEC screen oriented systems. The license for the software is free, and there are no restrictions on the re-distribution. For more info, contact email@example.com (Geoff Huston). ANU-NEWS is available for FTP from kuhub.cc.ukans.edu. Contact SLOANE@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU for more info. A screen-oriented news client for VMS that works with CMU/tek, EXOS, MultiNet, UCX, Wollongong and DECnet is also available via ftp from iraun1.ira.uka.de, info.rz.uni-ulm.de, and ftp.spc.edu (contact Bernd Onasch <firstname.lastname@example.org> for details). Reader NNTP clients for VMS are also available, including VMS/VNEWS (current release 1.4) and an upcoming reader only version of ANU-NEWS. VMS/VNEWS is available via anonymous ftp from arizona.edu (contact email@example.com for more information) or at any site which archives vmsnet.source. Although the current release of ANU-NEWS is usable as a reader it can be difficult when used with a UNIX server. FNEWS is a fast news reader, for VAX/VMS and UNIX. It is basically a mixture of NEWSRDR and ANU-NEWS, (a bit like 'nn' in how it works) giving a nice (but different) full-screen interface and fast response to thousands of groups without heavily loading your local machine. It works by caching the news indexes from a UNIX news system (CNEWS or INN), and then dynamically loading the items when the user wants to read them. Indexes are only cached for groups which are actually read, so the load and disk usage can be very small. FNEWS Versions are available for VMS, ALPHA-VMS and UNIX via anonymous ftp from ftp.std.com in /ftp/vendors/emagic/fnews. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. A port of C News for the Commodore Amiga under AmigaDOS (NOT Unix), is available. The port was done by Frank J. Edwards <email@example.com>, and available from Larry Rosenman <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Also, Matt Dillon <email@example.com>, has greatly improved the UUCP clone for AmigaDOS, currently V1.16D, available for ftp from ftp.uu.net in /systems/amiga/dillon. The package also includes a newsreader very loosely like the real rn. Dillon also has a "vn" port provided by Eric Lee Green. This software is also available on Bix, and for ftp from wuarchive.wustl.edu (many other Amiga newsreaders are also available on theis ftp site). [.......]
At least one IBM VM/SP (CMS) version of the Usenet software is available. It is known as PSU NetNews, and it is maintained by Linda Littleton (firstname.lastname@example.org/psuvm.psu.edu). Version 2.4 of the software is available from LISTSERV@PSUVM. PSU NetNews supports only 3270 terminals, and uses XEDIT as its screen driver. Most major VM sites appear to use this package. NetNews supports locally-stored news, not NNTP reading. Since January 1993, a complete NNTP server is available for VM systems. It provides news reading, posting and feed processing compatible to the Unix NNTP implementations. The code is written in IBM's VM Rexx. It assumes that you already have installed PSU VM NETNEWS. The VM NNTP package, written by Kris Van Hees (email@example.com) who also takes care of the maintenance. The current version is 1.0.1 and requires IBM's FAL TCP/IP and Arty Ecock's RXSOCKET which is available from the IBMTCP FIELLIST on listserv@pucc. The VM NNTP package can be obtained from the NNTP PACKAGE on listserv@blekul11. There is NNTP support for PSU NetNews for bulk news receipt: NNTPXFER will poll another site for news, and NNTPRCVR will receive news sent from a Unix NNTPXMIT process. Either program sends the news articles to NetNews for processing. Contact Andy Hooper (firstname.lastname@example.org or qucdn.queensu.ca) for more information, or obtain them from listserv@qucdn in PUBLIC FILELIST. These programs are provided with source, and require IBM's FAL TCP/IP and Pascal. An NNTPXMIT sender that works in cooperation with PSU NETNEWS is available from Herman Van Uytven (SYSTHVU@cc1.kuleuven.ac.be). [.......]
Commercial software ------------------- DNEWS is a commercial product from NetWin. DNEWS licenses are provided free to educational institutions for non profit use. With DNEWS, the news is stored in a database so as not to overload the raw file system. DNEWS supports 'sucking' where only groups which users read are pulled over from the feeder site. DNEWS is currently known to run on VMS, Windows NT, Solaris, SunOS, Unixware, HP/UX. DNEWS binaries are available by anonymous ftp from ftp.std.com in /ftp/vendors/netwin/dnews or from http://world.std.com/~netwin/ DNEWS sources can be obtained on request, see the file source.txt in the ftp area for more information.