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Re: [leafnode-list] A beginners question

Torbjørn Heltne <torbjorn.heltne@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> The Usenet News HOWTO says
> "Therefore, we use the term ``upstream server'' to refer to the server 
> from which we receive the bulk of our daily dose of articles, and 
> ``downstream server'' to refer to those servers which receive the bulk 
> dose of articles from us."
> In a normal single user environment where the user has access to usenet 
> through the ISP the downstream and upstream server is the same server.

The HOWTO thinks of feeding servers. Leafnode is more an end point
(hence leaf-node) so it has no downstream, but one or more upstreams
(that fetchnews pulls the articles from).

> What I want to do is to set up a news server for a small group with less 
> than 10 users at work due to the fact that our ISP does not have a news 
> server anymore. Do I need to have access to a "normal" (read: ISP-type) 
> news server to be able to have a working news solution w/ local Leafnode 
> or are there "backbone" servers somewhere which I can connect my 
> Leafnode to? My guess is the former.

You need to have access to a newsserver that allows newsreader access in
order to be able to use leafnode. leafnode's fetchnews program behaves
like a newsreader from the server's point of view.

Matthias Andree
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