Newsgroups may or may not be Usenet, it can also be an interface to online forums.
The easiest to look around, specially if is a server not in Usenet, is using lynx:
For a heavier use, I recommend:
- Alpine is great for console –even if a bit complicated to configure–.
- Thunderbird for GUI, specially if you are using it for email already.
- AIOE public news server – it has been down for a while, blog entry.
- List of free NNTP servers – sometimes off-line.
- Another list of NNTP servers – another good list.
Some interesting groups with occasional traffic:
alt.folklore.computers– wide range of topics, mostly computing.
comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.rpg– CRPG games, classic and sometimes new.
comp.infosystems.gemini– about the smolnet protocol.
misc.news.internet.discuss– mews and discussion, all releated to the Internet (mostly).
comp.misc– what the name says!
I searched for FAQs for these, and I couldn’t find them.
You can read active therads on the web (and search for old messages) at NARKIVE.
These three are connected and share groups: