Welcome to freenews.maxbaud.net the oldest Newsgroup search
site on the internet. Our visitors have been
searching for free nntp servers since before the internet was opened up to the general public. Today
we continue to allow users to search for free Usenet servers and have also added commercial Usenet
providers to our index.
Free Usenet Trials
You can get a Usenet free trial from many commercial Newsgroup servers. All of the links below point
to Usenet servers that allow free test drives of their service. Giganews
also provide free newsreaders that make setup
literally take only a couple minutes before you can start downloading Usenet binaries.
Best Newsgroups Providers
There are many newsgroup servers that provide good service, but for the best service
you should consider getting an account with a Tier-1 provider. A Tier-1 newsserver is part of the
backbone for the Usenet meaning that eventually, all articles pass through them. To operate a Tier-1
Usenet server these providers must have multiple high-speed connections to the internet and they
must maintain the highest reliability, redundancy and completion, not to mention they also have the
has the longest retention
and some of the fastest speeds in the newsgroup industry. The Giganews
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impressive list of additional features, including VyprVPN
and the Giganews MIMO Browser
is the least expensive Tier-1 Usenet provider. All plans
include a free newsreader
to search, preview and download articles from their 110,000+ newsgroups. They also offer an unlimited account
that is only available from affiliate sites like me.
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which works directly with their servers to provide fast
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. The browser works directly with
their servers to provide fast searches and thumbnails for Usenet articles and images. The browser is
free to all new subscribers
This application helps protect your privacy while using Usenet and comes free with Giganews
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Search for a newsgroup that you are interested in. This search's results will include the newsgroup
(or newsgroups) that most closely match your query as well as the Usenet servers which carry them.
This list contains newsgroups that users have searched for. Following the links gives a list of
servers that provide access to the groups.
I have seen a lot of discussions on forums and even on Usenet itself starting with questions like “what is a news group”, “what are newsgroups” or more commonly “what is a newsgroup”. A Usenet newsgroup is a discussion group for a specific topic, which is shared on Usenet. It is not a forum, or […]
Earlier today I got an email from a user that was wanting to know the difference between googlegroups and Usenet newsgroups. They went on further to ask which was a better choice for them based on some criteria. The were looking for images, so my immediate response for them was “go with a Usenet server”, […]
A Usenet newsgroup is a discussion group within the Usenet system for messages posted by users about a specific topic. This term is often confused with forums or blogs, but they are different in many ways. In order to read newsgroups you need access to a Usenet server and newsreader software.
Usenet was originally based […]
Usenet has been available at universities and corporations since long before the internet was available to people in their homes. It has always been a great medium for sharing thoughts and ideas, and many of the earliest “open source” projects shared their software using the various comp.source.* newsgroups. Today, it has moved from it’s original […]
Many years ago, the Usenet only allowed 7-bit text messages to ensure that communications was possible between any type of machine, using any kind of modem. It was not long before someone figured out how to encode 8-bit data into a 7-bit format so that binaries could be sent using Usenet with no modifications to […]
Free Usenet Server
has recently been showing up in a lot of my
searches and I visited their site to find out what services they provide. The free account is not
going to be big enough or fast enough to be your primary provider, unless you are less of an addict
than me, but it does look like a decent backup, and could be useful to fill the occasional missing
part from a binary. It has been a long time since I have had a free Newsgroup server with binary
groups to talk about, and I wish them the best of luck.