> what usenet is?
Usenet: /yoos´net/, /yooz´net/, n.
[from ‘Users' Network’; the original spelling was USENET, but the
mixed-case form is now widely preferred] A distributed bboard (bulletin
board) system supported mainly by Unix machines. Originally implemented
in 1979--1980 by Steve Bellovin, Jim Ellis, Tom Truscott, and Steve
Daniel at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, it has
swiftly grown to become international in scope and is now probably the
largest decentralized information utility in existence. As of late
2002, it hosts over 100,000 newsgroups and an unguessably huge volume
of new technical articles, news, discussion, chatter, and flamage every
day (and that leaves out the graphics...).
By the year the Internet hit the mainstream (1994) the original
UUCP transport for Usenet was fading out of use — almost all Usenet
connections were over Internet links. A lot of newbies and journalists
began to refer to “Internet newsgroups” as though Usenet was and
always had been just another Internet service. This ignorance greatly
annoys experienced Usenetters.
Reference: 2021/05/28(Fri) 20:33:08