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The "Usenet Software" posting referenced above goes into quite a bit of detail about the software that is available. There are three components in the software at a Usenet site: (a) the software that transports the news (usually using either UUCP or NNTP), (b) the software that stores the news on the local disks, expires old articles, etc., and (c) the news-readers for looking at the news. For example, if you're a UNIX site on the Internet and you're going to be getting your news feed over the Internet, then you are probably going to want to get one of the news transport packages mentioned in the "Usenet Software" posting (e.g., INN or C News + NNTP), as well as one or more of the UNIX news readers mentioned there. Since you are probably going to be exchanging mail as well as news, and the mail software that is shipped with the OS you are using might not be powerful enough to handle mail exchanging with the rest of the Usenet, you might want to obtain new mail software as well. There are several packages you might choose you use. Discussion of them is beyond the scope of this document; the books referenced below will probably provide some useful information in this area. Furthermore, if you are a UNIX site, the posting by Chris Lewis "UNIX Email Software Survey FAQ [3 parts]", in news.admin.misc, comp.mail.misc and news.answers (ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/mail/setup/) provides a good introduction to the UNIX mail software that's out there. Finally, Eric S. Johansson <email@example.com>'s "FAQ - UUCP Mail, News | and Gateway Software for PCs and MACs" posting will help you to find out more about the UUCP software that is available to you if you wish to run it on a PC or Macintosh computer. | [I understand that this FAQ is no longer separately posted, but see | the comp.os.msdos.mail-news FAQ] The basic idea is to go read the "Usenet Software" posting, and then to work from there. Europeans can ask their national backbone site, which will usually either be a software archive or be closely associated with one. UKNET, for example, provides an information pack explaining what is needed and where (and how) to get it.