Pan (newsreader)

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Pan screenshot showing the Gmane newsserver and the pan user list
Pan screenshot showing the Gmane newsserver and the pan user list
Stable release 0.14.2 / 31 August 2003; 12 years ago (2003-08-31)
Preview release 0.138 / 14 June 2012; 3 years ago (2012-06-14)
Operating system Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD OpenSolaris, and Windows
Type News client
License GNU 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.[1]


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  1. ^ Horkan, Alan (2005-06-24). "Alan Horkan Says". maemo applications. svenfoo (Sven Neumann). Retrieved 2011-01-25. 

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