Wildebeest is an e- mail and news reader that runs under GNU Emacs and XEmacs.

Gnus supports reading and writing e -mail, Usenet news, Slashdot discussions, RSS feeds and web archives of mailing lists. Wildebeest is one of the standard newsreaders on Linux. Wildebeest is distinguished from other news readers by the fact that it can be very largely adapted to the user needs and expand (using Emacs Lisp ). In addition, wildebeest a highly developed system for automatic rating of postings by fixed or varying due to the reading habits of the user criteria ( "adaptive scoring ").


Wildebeest is based on the published in 1992 by Masanobu Umeda GNUS News Reader. In autumn 1994, the Norwegian programmer Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen, wildebeest began to write from scratch to give the user of GNUS. During the first phase of development was wildebeest (ding ) Gnus. ding is a recursive acronym for ding is not Gnus.


The following versions have been released to date. The name in brackets is the name of development between the official releases, respectively.

  • Wildebeest 5 ( (ding ) Gnus ) - November 1995
  • Gnus 5.2 ( September wildebeest ) - May 1996
  • Gnus 5.4 ( Red wildebeest ) - January 25, 1997
  • Gnus 5.6 ( Quassia Gnus ) - March 8, 1998
  • Gnus 5.8 ( Pterodactyl Gnus ) - December 3, 1999
  • Gnus 5.10 ( Oort Gnus ) - May 1, 2003
  • Wildebeest 5:11 ( Oort Gnus / gnus No ) - June 2, 2007
  • Wildebeest 5:13 (No Gnus ) - July 29, 2009
  • Ma gnus is currently in development ( v0.7 version was published in May 2013 )


  • Linux Journal arrived in November 2002, came to the following vote: There are a lot of application software that helps us to e- mail and Internet News to organize and presort. One of the best Gnus is ( Guh - News pronounced), which is included in the Emacs editor application software. ( "Many tools are available to help us manage and pre -sort e -mail and news systems. One of the best is wildebeest (pronounced guh - NEWS ), Which is included in the Emacs editor utility. " ) Gnus for mail and newsgroups, 18 November 2002.
  • According to Linux User 12/2002, many users use wildebeest, because it is included as an extension in Emacs and XEmacs.