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nn (version 6.5.3)

nn is a menu based (point and shoot) netnews reader with a complete set of features to satisfy both the expert and the novice user. Since its first release in Denmark in 1984 (!), in Europe in 1988, and the global release in June 1989, it has replaced rn and other well-known news readers at many sites.

Some of the key features of nn are:

* Menu-based article selection prior to reading the articles with the articles sorted according to subject and posting time.

This significantly reduces the time spent on news reading. No keystrokes are wasted on articles you don't want to read, and only the articles selected on the menu will be read.

* Release 6.4 uses standard .newsrc, and can leave individual articles unread.

* Digests are automatically split and presented as ordinary articles! You can transparently save and respond to individual sub-articles.

* Full folder support: read, save, and delete individual articles.

* Online help and manual.

* Built-in unshar and patch functions. * Built-in uudecode function which will automatically unpack, concatenate, and decode multi-part postings.

* Easy remapping of keys with advanced macro definition features.

* Automatic kill & selection of articles based on subject or author.

* User specified presentation sequence of news groups based on the news group hierarchy.

* Whole classes of news groups can easily be unsubscribed permanently, e.g., talk.all and all.politics

* Related groups can be merged and presented as a single group, e.g. comp.emacs and all gnu.emacs groups.

* Blindingly fast 'search for subject'. On my Texas S1500 system, nn uses less than 20 seconds to find all articles on a specific subject among 64000 articles in all groups!

* News collection and presentation is extremely fast, because nn uses its own database on top of the standard news system.

* In a distributed environment, the database can be shared among all hosts on the network. Only one daemon is needed on the news server for all hosts. This works in a heterogeneous environment as well.

* NNTP is also supported (using a local database for speed).

Because of the database, nn starts almost equally fast (in a few seconds), no matter whether you have 100 or 10000 unread articles! The database takes up some disk space, but dramatically improves speed and functionality. The amount of disk space consumed is approx. 1Mb per 10000 articles.