__/ [ XS11E ] on Sunday 02 April 2006 01:47 \__
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
>> That's never a good sign. I am surprised because KDE seem to have
>> great momentum. I recently read that it was Pan where development
>> had gone dormant.
> I don't know, haven't run Linux for some time but I recall a year or
> two back I preferred Pan to Knode, later I got a newer copy of
> Mandrake/Mandriva/ThisWeeksNameHere and found the later Knode seemed as
> good or better to me than did Pan.
> Then I've gone back to XP and Xnews, neither Pan or Knode suited me
> anywhere near as well as Xnews and Linux doesn't work for me yet.
> If you do a Google search you'll find some folks have run Xnews on
> Linux, it might be worth a try?
I recently heard from a dedicated UseNetter (over 30,000 posts) that XNews
no longer serves him quite so well. This dispels a certain myth that XNews
is a killer app for Windows, which makes Linux equivalents seem quite so
If I walk through the tunnel of time and see myself working in KNode a
couple of years ago (same version), I'd be inclined to think the same way.
KNode is enormously customisable, without the need to change any text
files. You need to unleash its full power by exploring. The last time I
improved KNode as a tool was 3 days ago. I probably use every single fea-
ture of KNode, or close to that. Many other clients are unable to offer
the same convenience features.
The only wishlist item that I have at the moment is the ability to feed
message body to a script and then pipe the output to the message body. I
currently do this via an external editor and I rely on keyboard accelera-
tors (xbindkeys) to save some keystrokes. This particular script is a sort
of a filter that justified and hyphenates messages using Perl, which re-
lies on a TeX component. If only I could automate this, I'd have the mes-
sages re-written more frequently.
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