Why are we still using trn?

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With the (relative) burst of traffic on this mailing list, I thought I'd
ask folks the question in the message subject. The old farts among us
can remember the ancient days when trn was unseating tin as the
newsreader of choice (at least that's the switch I made), but these days
I'd guess that among people who used text-based newsreaders in a *nix
environment, slrn has >90% of the usage. Just checking
news.software.readers on my server right now, I see 134 posts about slrn
and 1 about trn.

I try out slrn every now and then but never seem to get captivated by
it. It doesn't seem to have the lightning-fast ability to select,
deselect, and junk using regex expressions on a variety of criteria that
trn4 has. (Maybe I'm wrong; I've never explored all of slrn's feature
set.) I don't like split-window display of newsgroup subjects and
message text, so I'm happy with a program that is either at group level
or in the article text. And of course I'm lazy enough not to want to
switch if there's no strong reason to.


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