Re: News Feed

John Lange ( )
Mon, 02 Mar 1998 18:24:39 -0600


We use DNews and have really good luck with it. I don't understand really
complex software and found the the default setup is sufficient for me.

We have a full UUNET style feed and it works fine.

The new versions have spam filtering, cross-post filtering, etc. You can
even throttle the speed that articles come in, and even schedule the times
the certain articles are accepted. Like alt.binaries.* from 3am to 6am etc.

1. bandwidth
2. bandwidth
3. bandwidth
4. bandwidth

I think that I have the server throttled way down and the server/feed uses
up about 1/3 of our incomming T1. I shut the server down last week for
about 4 hours and saw our usage drop by 50%.

5. Depending on the number of active news readers this process can be VERY
CPU intensive. We rarely have more than 2 - 4 users on the server at one
time, so a P75 with 128 MB ram is doing fine. Several hunderd could blow
up a Dual 333 with a GB of ram, raid 5 etc.

6. Disk space - Depending on the size and numer of feeds, 5 days of news
could easily use up 7 - 30 GB of disk space.

We have been considering the use of a news service. I think SuperNews
offers 10 users for $100 per month. If it boils down to getting a second
T1 we will gladly sacrifice the News Server.

JOhn :}

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