linux.* newsgroups (off-topic)
rra at stanford.edu
Mon Dec 6 22:28:33 UTC 1999
David C Lawrence <tale at iengines.com> writes:
> The last I heard, the linux.* hierarchy was officially removed by its
> creators. The USENET Config Files FAQ also lists it as a defunct
> I am trying to get more information on its existence as a rogue
> hierarchy and its possible sense as such. That is, even though they
> abandonded it, maybe it should still be carried. Does anyone have any
> information about whether it is being maintained, whether there is an
> authoritative list of groups, what kind of traffic it gets, how well
> distributed it appears to me ... any information at all?
It's still being supposedly maintained by someone at Fuller University,
who's e-mail address I have. He even posts periodic checkgroups, but he's
posting them to the group "linux" so they're propagating extremely poorly.
I don't believe he has a strong understanding of what's involved in
running a hierarchy. I also have no idea if the group list he's producing
bears any resemblence to what the Linux vendors think is out there.
The mail to news gateways in linux.dev.* have a spotty history, but I
believe they're currently turned on again. From time to time, they get
turned off because list members complain about spam.
linux.debian.* and linux.redhat.* I believe have been "taken over" by
those particular organizations and last I checked had a variety of gated
mailing list traffic, but I know of no canonical group list.
In other words, it's a mess.
Russ Allbery (rra at stanford.edu) <URL:http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>
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