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What is Usenet?

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Usenet is a universal distributed Internet discussion system. It evolved from the general purpose UUCP architecture of that same name.

Duke University graduate students Tom Truscott and also Jim Ellis conceived that idea in 1979 and it was established in 1980.Customers read and also post public messages (called articles or posts, and also collectively termed news) to one or more categories, known as newsgroups. Usenet resembles bulletin board systems (BBS) in most respects, and also will be that precursor to the various Internet forums that are widely used today; and also can be superficially regarded as a hybrid between e-mail and web discussion boards. Discussions are threaded, with modern news reader software, as with web forums and also BBSes, though posts are stored on the server sequentially.

One notable major difference between a BBS or web forum and also Usenet is the absence of a central server and also dedicated administrator. Usenet will be distributed among a large, constantly changing conglomeration of servers that store and forward messages to one another. These hosts are loosely connected in a variable mesh. This is similar to that complex transportation plan of a city. There are multiple ways to get to any point in that city. If one of those ways is blocked, for some reason, there's always another avenue to be found to get there. In this manner, that User Network or Usenet allows newsgroup postings to reach their many destinations robustly. Individual customers may read messages from and post messages to a local server operated by their Internet service provider, university or employer. The servers then exchange the messages among one another, making that messages available to readers beyond the original server.