I tried mini frontpage, but it didn't group by category, then i downloaded and installed this great extension and in 5 minutes I had a 'google news'-like page that gathers and group my articles by category.
You can trim how many categories and articles you would like to display and it's done.
I tried LoginRadius module because I wanted my site users to login with their account, without the need to register in my site.
In my Joomla 1.7 site, the template was not compatible with the module, but LoginRadius support solved the problem, published a new version of the component, and I have been able to install and configure my site in no time. Thank you !!!