Guide to using Ximian Evolution as a Usenet newsreader.
newsgroups are (or at least, used to be) a great way to exchange
information. Unfortunately the signal to noise ratio has dropped
considerably in recent years, with spammers taking over the medium.
Nevertheless, Usenet newsgroups still have its uses. Some
organizations maintain their private news servers, and some open source
project like the Eclipse
project, have their own newsgroups in lieu of mailing lists for
discussion about their projects.
As a matter of fact, the reason I am writing this article is
that, since I have been using Evolution as my
email client for several years, I am used to it and wanted to use it to
read Eclipse newsgroups as well, and the procedure of adding
Usenet newsgroups to Evolution wasn't entirely obvious.
Adding the NNTP Server
Newsgroups servers are formally called NNTP (Network News Transfer
Protocol) servers, to add the NNTP server to Evolution, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Mail
and click on the "add" button. Click on the "forward"
button of the welcome window that pops up.
On the next screen fill out your name and email address, then click
On the next screen, select a
server type of Usenet news, and enter your nntp server name in the
"Host" field, and your username on the "Username" field. Contact
your ISP to obtain the name of your nntp server.
If you know your isp's security settings, go ahead and enter them under
the "Use secure connection" and "Authentication Type" fields.
If you don't kow them, selecting "Whenever Possible" for the "Use
Secure Connection" field, and clicking on "Check for Supported Types"
for the "Authentication Type" field should work for most people..
Click "Forward", taking the defaults in the next screen should work for
most people. Click forward again and fill your SMTP server details
on the next screen (contact your ISP if you don't know them, but they
should be the same you have for your email acount). Click
"Forward" and give your NNTP account a descriptive name, I named mine
You should now see a new category on the left hand section of your
Evolution mail screen.
If you click on the newly created "Newsgroups" section, you will see
a little loading message for a while, but no newsgroups list, this is
where I got stumped. After some experimentation, I found out how
to subscribe to newsgroups so that they show up when clicking on the new
section. To make it happen, go to Tools
-> Subscribe to Folders
, select your newsgroups server. Once
the server is selected, Evolution will pull the complete list of
newsgroups on the server (be patient, this might take a while).
Once the server list arrives, ctrl-click on the ones you would
like to subscribe to and click on "Subscribe". Clicking on the
"Newsgroup" section of the Evolution email screen should now display the
newsgroups you subscribed to. Enjoy using Evolution as your Usenet