Pan (newsreader)

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Pan screenshot showing the Gmane newsserver and the pan user list
Original author(s)Matt Eagleson
Initial release30 July 1999; 21 years ago (1999-07-30)[1][2]
Stable release
0.146 / 12 October 2019; 21 months ago (2019-10-12)[3]
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Operating systemLinux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD OpenSolaris, and Windows
TypeNews client
LicenseGNU General Public License

Pan is a news client for multiple operating systems, developed by Charles Kerr and others. It supports offline reading, multiple servers, multiple connections, fast (indexed) article header filtering and mass saving of multi-part attachments encoded in uuencode, yEnc and base64; images in common formats can be viewed inline. Pan is free software available for Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OpenSolaris, and Windows.

Pan is popular for its large feature set. It passes the Good Netkeeping Seal of Approval 2.0 set of standards for newsreaders.


The name Pan originally stood for Pimp-ass newsreader. As Pan became an increasingly popular and polished application, the full name was perceived to be unprofessional and in poor taste, so references to it have been removed from the program and its website.[4][5]


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  1. ^ 0.4.0 ChangeLog, Version 0.4.0 (Friday 30 July 1999) - Initial release
  2. ^ "August 5, 1999 - Pan 0.4.3 released". Archived from the original on 21 February 2001. Retrieved 2016-04-08.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ (Pan-announce) ANN: Pan 0.146 "Hic habitat felicitas"
  4. ^ Horkan, Alan (2005-06-24). "Alan Horkan Says". maemo applications. svenfoo (Sven Neumann). Archived from the original on 14 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  5. ^ GNOME Newsreader Wins The Register's "Flame of the Week", 2001-10-11, Linux Today, From the Flame of the Week: "GNOME-compatible Usenet client software pan (that's for Pimp-Ass Newsreader) has named its latest release - version "Andrew Orlowski Can Kiss My Ass".

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