Forum OpenACS Development: Response to Porting News Module
Code sharing usually wins and I see no reason for OpenACS 4.x to not fit this common scenario.
I agree that Luke's made a good point. These separate packages also provide simple-to-use functionality for sites that perhaps don't want to run the CMS system or even ETP. They're a lighter-weight approach.
Jun, if you do have time to work on News let me know. I don't think it would be hard to port. I looked at it, it's a bit messy but relatively simple.