Whether your Ubuntu server is or is not set up as a news server, you can use a newsreader program to read newsgroup articles. The newsreader programs just require a connection to a news server. It does not matter whether the news server is on the same machine or is a remote news server on the other side of the world.
Several programs are available for UNIX systems to connect to news servers to read and post articles in newsgroups. The following sections describe the newsreaders available with the Ubuntu distribution.
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