Welcome to usenet.de

A warm welcome to usenet.de, where you will find everything you wish to know about the Usenet and Downloading from the Usenet. Many people are not precisely aware of how the Usenet works and of what is available in the Usenet newsgroups. This website will attempt to explain things. 

The Usenet is a collection of newsgroups, which are used to distribute messages across various servers. Each Usenet server saves the messages for a certain period of time (so-called retention time).

Although the Usenet may be compared to an Internet forum, the biggest difference between the two is that messages are not saved at a single location and are only available for a certain period of time. Someone sends a message within a certain channel (newsgroup). This message is then distributed to the various newsgroup servers. Other users log on to this server by means of special Usenet software and download all messages contained within a certain channel in order to be able to read them. You can then reply to the newly sent message, and the response is disseminated in the same way. If the retention time of a given Usenet server is 30 days, messages in all newsgroups will be available for this period of time.

Downloading from the Usenet

Perhaps you have already heard of downloading from the Usenet. Downloading from the Usenet operates in a very similar way to sending messages, although a so-called binary file (or “binary” for short) is sent. The sending of files normally takes place in binary newsgroups. These are also referred to as binaries.

You will recognise these binary newsgroups from the name of the newsgroup itself, for example alt.binaries.games. In order to be able to read or reply to messages and to download files which have been posted, you will require a Usenet Reader. This is frequently an extremely complicated piece of software which needs to be used to put downloaded files back together again (the files are often sent in the form of “chunks”).

The Usenet structure and the fact that the downloading and recompiling of these files was only possible with the assistance of complex software meant that the Usenet remained a playground for computer geeks for some considerable time. Today, however, a large number of good commercial alternatives are available, making the Usenet software easy to operate.

One example is the Usenext service which recompiles separated files fully automatically. Usenext also uses special Usenet servers, enabling you to download as much content as you wish at full speed in exchange for a low monthly fee. Server retention time is 3,000 days. To find out more, visit Downloading from the Usenet

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