Oxford University Computing Services provides a Network News service for members of Oxford University, using the InterNetNews (INN) news software.
1. Accessing the News Server
To access the server from a personal computer, you need a network connection and a news client program.
Once you have acquired a suitable news client program, you should configure it to use news.ox.ac.uk as its server. Before you can access the server, your computer must have an IP name registered; contact your local network manager to achieve this.
2. News Client Programs
A number of news client programs are available (this is not an exhaustive list):
3. Newsgroups Carried
About 7000 newsgroups are carried at present, and new ones are
being created all the time. The main hierarchies available from the Oxford news server are:
comp,humanities,misc,news,rec,sci,soc,talk,uk. In addition we also carry a local hierarchy,
ox, and a selection of other smaller hierarchies, as well as a selection of groups from
alt. A full list of groups on the server can be retrieved using most news client software.
News items are retained for 14 days, except those in local groups which are retained indefinitely.
4. Local newsgroups
Local ox newsgroups include:
5. If you have not used Netnews before
Please read the articles in the group aa.read.this.newsgroup.first. They are also available from the local Netnews Home Page
They give information about what Netnews is (and is not), and how to work with the Netnews community.
The group news.announce.newusers contains additional information.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Netnews at Oxford is posted regularly to several local newsgroups.