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Pan (newsreader)

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Original author(s)Matt Eagleson
Initial release30 July 1999; 24 years ago (1999-07-30)[1][2]
Stable release
0.155[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 1 November 2023
Operating systemLinux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD OpenSolaris, and Windows
TypeNews client

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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "[Pan-announce] [ANNOUNCE] Pan release 0.155". 1 November 2023.
  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" Archived 2016-05-12 at the Wayback Machine, 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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