Not much here yet... look at this screenshot
Or look at the registration description:
jModNews should become a "modular" Java Swing newsreader for offline reading of text groups. It will use the McKoi database engine (by default; maybe other options will be added later). I'll test it with Sun's JVM on Windows (2k) and Linux, but since it is Java it should work on other platforms as well. (Since it uses lots of Java 1.4 features, running it with a free JVM might be quite impossible at the moment). Main point why I am writing this is that there is no real good open source offline news reader available as far as I know. Offline means for me, that every action (except "pull new news") is possible without having an online connection - (most readers have problems to queue stuff like "subscribe new group" or "fetch more articles" to the next online batch but want to perform these immediately) while still using as less as possible bandwidth in the "pull" phase (i.e. don't download articles the user has set to "mark read autmatically" etc. Good exceptions from this (like Forte's Agent) are shareware - and not extensible enough in my eyes. Speaking of extensibility - it should be possible to code complex scoring or navigation rules (which save the user's time) or display plugins and distribute them without redistributing the whole application; so jModularNews will get a nice plugin interface. Maybe a scripting language (like BeanShell) will be added as well to allow people without a java sdk environment to add scripts. The largest technical problem i saw while developing a prototype of it are Usenet protocols (Article Format, NNTP) which have long RFCs but still lots of exceptions of that rules in real world. It would be helpful if people using different news servers and reading different groups tested this software and helping to iron the "bugs" out. But of course, if no one wants to help me, I'll do the fixing on my own...
Since that description was too short for registering the project, you can find some information in sf.net trackers.
jModNews requires a Java Runtime Environment (Standard Edition, 1.4 or higher). If you do not have it yet, download it for free from java.sun.com.
it requires as well the mckoidb.jar in its extlib folder. You can find both this file and alpha versions in the snapshots area.
You can also get the latest "bleeding edge" source code from CVS.
Browse it or use the following commands to check it out anonymously:
cvs -z3 -d:pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot/jmodnews co jmodnews