REPOST: Re: A new forum is up! Q: what means nntp

Alex Martelli aleax at
Fri Dec 28 09:49:46 EST 2001

"Aahz Maruch" <aahz at> wrote in message
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> In article <u2ovs5he3d2hcd at>,
> DeepBleu <DeepBleu at> wrote:
> >
> >NNTP is an internet protocol like SMTP, POP3 and HTTP for
> >communication.  Also, it is the oldest one and it used to be the most
> >instructive before AOL hit the scene along with the 'gold rush' :)
> Really?  NNTP is older than SMTP?  Mind telling me where you found that
> little gem?

SMTP must be older, by a few years (say '82 vs '86?).  FTP must be
older still -- before SMTP, mail was distributed with an FTP tweak.

Of course, netnews used other transport-level protocols (mostly
based on UUCP, as I recall) well before the Internet was officially
inaugurated (1983, wasn't it?).


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