On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 1:10 PM Sam_L <lennon_s_j@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

What do you mean by "directly"? Something like GMail?
I wasn't aware you could follow with GMail, hence Thunderbird which I
was using before GMail was (generally) available.

It's a bit confusing to talk about "Gmail vs. Thunderbird", because
Gmail is (most properly) an e-mail service, and some people *also* use
the term "Gmail" to refer to an e-mail client (that is, the interface
by which they read their e-mail; and in the case of Gmail, that would
be either the Web browser interface or perhaps a Gmail mobile app).

Whereas Thunderbird is not a service at all, only a client. And
slightly confusingly, Thunderbird can serve as both an e-mail client
and a newsgroup client.

When people say they get the mailing list "directly", they mean they
subscribe to the mailing list here:

https://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/midrange-l

You can also take a step back from that and get a list of the various
mailing lists:

https://lists.midrange.com/

When you fill out the subscription form, you can choose (1) every
mailing list post gets sent to you as an individual e-mail, as soon as
it gets posted; or (2) you periodically get a "digest" of aggregated
mailing list posts sent to you as a single, large e-mail.

So, it's not so much Gmail vs. Thunderbird. It's "mailing list sent as
e-mail" versus "mailing list funneled through a gateway which makes
the posts appear to a newsreader client as though it were a
newsgroup". Gmane's whole reason for existence is providing the
latter. And, since Thunderbird is an e-mail client as well, you can
use Thunderbird either way.

John Y.

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