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This article attempts to summarize, in a general way, the steps involved in setting up a machine to be on Usenet. It assumes that you already have some sort of Usenet access (otherwise, how did you get this article?), or at the very least, that you have ftp or mail server access to get to some of the files mentioned in it, and that you are trying to configure your own site to be on Usenet after | using some other site for some time. If this assumption is incorrect, then ask whoever made this article available to you to help you get access to the resources mentioned below. Before reading this posting, you should be familiar with the contents of the introductory postings in the news.announce.newusers newsgroup, most importantly the posting titled "Usenet Software: History and Sources". Many of the terms used below are defined in those postings. The news.announce.newusers postings (and the other Usenet postings mentioned below) are accessible in the periodic posting archive on rtfm.mit.edu [126.96.36.199], in /pub/usenet via anonymous ftp, or via E-mail by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org (send a message with "help" in the body to get more information). One final comment... Many people get confused between what Usenet and the Internet is. The Internet is, simply, the network of computers in the world talking to each other via TCP/IP - a specific communications protocol which is used by many applications, such as mail, Usenet etc. In contrast, Usenet is essentially a multi-user BBS system that allows people to talk to each other on various subjects. The Internet is very much like the wires in a cable TV system, and Usenet is the TV programs themselves. It's important to note that you don't have to be on the Internet to be a part of Usenet, and vice-versa. ------------------------------ Introduction Table of Contents Steps to Getting Connected Make the decision -- do you *really* want to do this? Find a site to feed you news and/or mail. Finding feeds for a UUCP site. By Comp.mail.maps By News.admin.misc Commercial Services Go satellite... Finding feeds for an Internet site. Get the software. Do what it says. Register your site on the network. Obtaining RFCs Bibliography Please comment on this posting!