Usenet is a worldwide distributed Internet discussion system that consists of thousands of “newsgroups” with names that are classified hierarchically by subject. Established in 1980 it is one of the oldest forms of computer network communications still actively used today. Users can post to newsgroups and access articles from years ago. Read more about Usenet: Link.
Usenet is not open to all public as it requires access to Usenet newsgroup server and a Usenet client to connect too. If you’re interested in experimenting with Usenet but not sure if you’re ready to get a paid account, the Netherlandish based newsgroup server XSUsenet is offering free Usenet accounts that never expire. With the XSUsenet free account you’re limited to transfer rates of 1Mbps and 2 concurrent connections. It’s not much but is still good for a average user.
Steps to get XS Usenet Free Account ?
1. Go to XS Usenet free account promotion page, click on button “Subscribe Now”.
2. Signup for “Free account” and choose any of the countries in dropdown menu (although the signup only gives you the option of Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom as your location, you can use the service from anywhere in world).
3. You will soon receive an email with all the detail including username and password for free XSUsenet account.
4. Now you need to install a Usenet client (newsgroup reader software) to connect to XS Usenet service. You can try SABnzbd, which is free and include a startup tutorial to help new people to start Usenet.
XS Usenet server details to config in client
Regular Port: 119, 80 non-secure
SSL Port: 443, 563 secured via SSL