Pan is a graphical newsreader client that works with GNOME and is the default newsreader for Ubuntu. If you have the GNOME libraries installed (and they usually are installed by default), you can also use Pan with the K Desktop Environment (KDE). Pan can download and display all the newsgroups and display posted news articles. You can launch it by using the GNOME or KDE desktop panel or from the command line of an X terminal window with the command pan &. Pan supports combining multipart messages and the yenc encoding/decoding protocol. Figure 8.16 shows a sample Pan display. Unlike the slrn program, Pan does not require a systemwide default or user-defined nntpserver environment variable to define the news server address, but you do need to configure Pan.
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