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20 Years of Usenet

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in Internet | Posted on 13-12-2001

From Google: “Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 700 million messages dating back to 1981. We believe this to be the most complete collection of Usenet articles ever assembled and a fascinating first-hand historical account.

We are compiling some especially memorable articles and threads in the timeline below. For example, read Tim Berners-Lee’s announcement of what became the World Wide Web or Linus Torvalds’ first post about his “pet project”. If you come across other noteworthy posts while searching the archive, please forward them to us at usenet-timeline@google.com. Please note that while your own first post was undoubtedly of great personal historical value, we will only be able to include submissions of interest to a wide range of users.

Thanks, and enjoy your trip back to the golden age of Usenet.

View the time line at:

20 Years of Usenet Of particular interest was of course reading Linus’s post about Linux as well as the debate between Andy Tanenbaum and Linus. There are several other messages like the one about Star Wars where the guy mentions that he doesn’t want to wait until the year 1997 before all 9 episodes are released, funny. There are several references about what people think we will be using in the future as far as computers go. Just so you know, no one got even close. If you find something interesting when going through the archives let us know.

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