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slrn (version

slrn (s-lang read news) is a program that accesses a newsserver to read messages from the Internet News service (also known as ``Usenet''). It runs in console mode on various Unix-like systems (including Linux), 32-bit Windows, OS/2, BeOS, Mac OS X and VMS. Beside the usual features of a newsreader, slrn supports scoring rules to highlight, sort or kill articles based on information from their header. It is highly customizable, allows free key-bindings and can easily be extended using the sophisticated s-lang macro language. Offline reading is possible by using either slrnpull (shipped with slrn) or a local newsserver (like leafnode or INN). The original author of slrn is John E. Davis; since version, the program is maintained by Thomas Schultz, with the help of a great number of people who make contributions.