If you’ve ever wanted to run your own USENET indexing site, NewsNab may be what you’re looking for. An open source solution that is, as described by some users, a clone of Nzbs.org, it allows the creation of a USENET index on even a modest server. There are already popular sites running this software and, with the many changes that have gone on where USENET index sites are concerned, there is certainly room for new index sites all the time.
Nzbs.org is closed for membership, so NewzNab offers a good solution for users who wanted, but could not get, that indexing option. Currently, the best example of an implementation of NewsNab can be found at Nzb.su. That site offers both free and paid services.
NewsNab runs on Apache server, making it available to just about everybody with a server to spare. According to reports, those who have smaller servers may want to give serious consideration as to whether or not they want to host the USENET index. Users who have tried to create their own USENET indexes have oftentimes found that backfilling a group for any length of time is very slow and takes quite a large amount of time. For those who simply want to experiment and who haven’t any desire to create a USENET index for public consumption, NewsNab provides an ideal way to do it.
If you want to take a look at some other sites that run NewsNab software, the following are good examples:
If you’re in the mood to experiment, NewsNab may prove to be a good way to test the capacity of your hardware and to put together a decent USENET index for your own use, even if you don’t end up sharing it with anybody else.
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