Tin is a full screen threaded newsreader that uses the tass newsreader as its base. Tass was developed by Rich Skrenta (skrenta@blekko.commodore.com). Tin can read news locally and also via an NNTP server (-r option). Tin contains more features than tass but they are still accessable to the beginner and expert alike.

Tin was origianlly developed by Iain Lea, and first released in 1991.