|What is Usenet?|
Usenet is older than the internet itself. Originally set up in the late 1970's to allow academics and others in specialized fields to engage in group discussions with their peers across the globe, it has since evolved into an uncensored system of exchanging virtually anything that can be transmitted between computers. If you're heard about something - it's almost certain it's on Usenet. And a whole lot more you never imagined even existed. Usenet is an almost unlimited resource, with around 110,000 active newsgroups covering anything and everything.
Usenet functions a lot like email, except that instead of addressing
messages to an individual, they are addressed to a group. And anyone
wishing to read or post messages in a particular group, does so by connecting
to a Usenet server across an internet connection.
There is no “central” Usenet server. Rather there are thousands of servers chained and crosslinked together in order to exchange articles between them, and to keep the articles available for their own users to read for a period of time ranging from hours to weeks. (It is this lack of centralization that has protected Usenet from the legal attacks such as that which destroyed Napster.)
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