namdud> I've been useing Turnpike for a week or so now, but as this is
namdud> the only reason i am using MS-Windows, and would prefere not to
namdud> have to keep rebooting etc. Can anyone recommend a good off-line
namdud> X-based news reader for Linux.
Well, there are a few offline newsreaders for Linux, using various forms
of various offline packet formats, but they are fairly pointless.
There are three alternatives to offline readers:
1) an NNTP cache/proxy server running on your machine, for example
2) an NNTP fetch program, such as 'suck' or 'slurp', and a locally
running news server;
3) using something like SLiRP to automatically bring up or down the line
as you move around.
All these methods are variously reasonable. I personally use SLiRP with
a nice newsreader like GNUS 5. Thus I have the line up only when reading
in the TOC for a newsgroup, or when actually reading in the few
articles I want to read.
I prefer this to caching because caching works well only with multiple
users, and I am the only user on my machine; and to prefetching because
prefeching will download all new articles in a newsgroup, and virtually
all newsgroups I read are high volume and I only read a few articles off