David Combs <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
| If this newsgroup existed 20 years ago (did ANY newsgroups exist them?)...
Yes, just. From <URL:http://www.faqs.org/faqs/usenet/software/part1/>:
Usenet came into being in late 1979, shortly after the release of
V7 Unix with UUCP... At the beginning of 1980 the network consisted
of ["unc" and "duke"] and "phs" (another machine at Duke), and was
described at the January Usenix conference. ...[with] further
modifications,  this became the "A" news release.
Other than Unix itself, the Usenet software is possibly one of the great
successes of open-source software. By 1981, it was in *very* wide use, and
the completely rewritten "B" News was out. See the FAQ more very many more
details (such as dates for NNTP, "C" News, & INN).
[As an interesting aside, also by 1981, several companies (including my
employer at the time) were already using netnews heavily for internal
communications among engineering & test groups.]
Rob Warnock, 41L-955 email@example.com
Applied Networking http://reality.sgi.com/rpw3/
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