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Review: Pan Newsreader 0.129

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In my quest to find the best possible Usenet news reader on Linux, especially one that can easily handle binaries posts, I've been scouring the web quite a bit and have found a few that might meet my needs. Pan Newsreader is one of those suggested to me.

Pan is an interesting news reader. It's rather plain in appearance, but not plain in features. One of the first things that Pan does after you configure your first news server is to automatically grab the complete list of newsgroups. That surprised me. Even Newsleecher doesn't do that. As far as I know, every other news reader out there requires you to manually update the server list the first time you add a new news server to your list. So right away Pan's got one tick up on the competition by being proactive in at least that small tidbit.

The list of newsgroups appears in the left column under the "Other Groups" header and is easily searchable. Searching for newsgroup names is done from a handy little box above the newsgroup list.

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