Noffle 1.2.0rc1 review

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Noffle is a news (nntp) server optimized for few users and low speed dial-up connections to the Internet

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
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Developer: Jim Hague and Markus Enzenberger
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Noffle is a news (nntp) server optimized for few users and low speed dial-up connections to the Internet. It adds offline reading capabilities to existing news readers.

Here are some key features of "Noffle":
While Online:

Any newsgroup can be read, selected articles are fetched immediately from the remote server.

While Offline:

Allows reading news offline with many news clients, even if they do not support offline reading by themselves.

Groups can be retrieved in overview, full or thread mode.
In overview mode, opened articles that have not been completely downloaded yet are marked for download. Noffle generates a pseudo article body telling the human about this.
In full mode, complete articles are fetched at once.
Thread mode is like overview mode, but opening an article marks the whole thread for download (all later articles for some time that are referencing the original article).

The news feed is invoked automatically next online time by calling Noffle in the ip-up script.

Groups can be put on the fetch list via the 'noffle' command or automatically when someone tries to read them. Groups can be automatically removed from the fetch list, when nobody accesses them for some time.

The gdbm library must be installed on your system (standard with most distributions).

Please use the same compiler for compiling NOFFLE that was used for compiling the gdbm library. The reason for this warning is that there is an incompatibility between egcs and gcc that causes programs to crash on some distributions, depending on the optimization level.

'sendmail' or any mail transfer agent with a sendmail compatible interface (this includes Exim, qmail and Postfix) must be available. It is used to return failed postings to the sender.

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