Duke’s Usenet Servers Shut Down

Usenet, a large group of discussion groups on any topic imaginable, started at Duke University in 1979 by two graduate students. On May 20th, Duke shut downs its Usenet server.

The Usenet newsgroups are still available through Google Groups, but this closes an important piece of Internet history — an early ability to communicate in groups.

[from Duke Today]


2 responses to “Duke’s Usenet Servers Shut Down

  1. David Gordon September 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I heard about this awhile ago and feel as though that they really should have tried to keep it around and cultivate the system rather than just giving up and pulling the plug.

    i currently use newsdemon.com for access to usenet, and for both librarians and students, they have a free access option here:

  2. Christine Peterson September 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    It sounded as if they didn’t have the traffic anymore. And with the newsgroups moving to Google, who is constantly updating the Google Groups software . . . I can understand their decision.


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