FAQ: SCO UNIX newsgroups and mailing lists

FAQ: SCO UNIX newsgroups and mailing lists

Post by Ed He » Mon, 20 Oct 1997 04:00:00



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X-Original:     Fri May 10 12:17:43 EDT 1991
X-Revised:      Fri Sep 12 16:45:02 EDT 1997

              Evolution of SCO newsgroups and Mailing Lists
              ---------------------------------------------

        Current SCO Newsgroups:         Current SCO Mailing lists
        ----------------------          -------------------------
        comp.unix.sco.announce          sco...@xenitec.on.ca
        comp.unix.sco.misc              sco...@xenitec.on.ca
        comp.unix.sco.programmer        sco...@xenitec.on.ca
        comp.unix.unixware.announce     sco...@xenitec.on.ca
        comp.unix.unixware.misc         sco...@xenitec.on.ca
        comp.unix.xenix.sco             sco...@xenitec.on.ca

   A Bit of History:
   ----------------

   Many readers enjoyed the opportunity to obtain and contribute useful
   information on SCO Open Desktop since 1990 through the ancestral USENET
   newsgroup sco.opendesktop or its companion mailing list.  Similarly,
   there was a demonstrated need for an information and discussion forum
   for SCO products in general.

   Knowledge of the proponent and creation date of the comp.unix.xenix.sco
   newsgroup appears lost in antiquity, but is recalled to be circa 1987.

   Various mailing lists were created between 1989 and 1991 as SCO UNIX
   and then SCO OpenDesktop were released.  SCO announced that their
   previously internal sco.opendesktop newsgroup would become available
   for public propagation as of Apr 26, 1990.  A companion bi-directionally
   gated "scoodt" mailing list was coincidently implemented.  Years later,
   "scoodt" was merged with the "scogen" mailing list.

   With the increasing demand for accessibility and for additional SCO
   newsgroups, many current contributors including those who have been
   active in circulating SCO related newsgroups and mailing lists felt
   that the readership would be best served by creating a biz.sco.*
   hierarchy to improve propagation (and hence availability) worldwide.

   biz.sco.{opendesktop,general,announce} were "newgrouped" May 1, 1991
   in accordance with accepted procedure within the "biz" hierarchy.
   Given the content, this change relocated the "opendesktop" newsgroup
   to a more proper place within the established usenet news hierarchy
   and added the new "announce" and "general" groups.  Companion mailing
   lists were implemented.  The former "sco-l...@uunet.uu.net" was
   merged with "scogen" on Aug 1, 1991.  The biz.sco.* newsgroups were
   replaced with the comp.unix.sco.* hierarchy on Apr 22, 1995.

   The biz.sco.binaries and biz.sco.sources moderated newsgroups were
   created on June 1, 1992 to respectively accommodate SCO Xenix, UNIX
   and OpenDesktop specific binaries and source code.  Their purpose
   since been superseded by various anonymous FTP sites; see:
        ftp://ftp.celestial.com/README.sco-sites .

   biz.sco.magazine was newgrouped Dec 14, 1992, to provide a discussion
   area for the readers, writers and publishers of the original SCO
   Magazine and now SCO World Magazine.  It was superseded by
   comp.unix.sco.misc on Apr 22, 1995.

   The biz.univel.misc newsgroup was created in October 1993.  It was
   replaced by comp.unix.unixware when Novell purchased USL, and later
   split into comp.unix.unixware.announce and comp.unix.unixware.misc
   in April 1995.  With the Dec 6, 1995 SCO acquisition of the UnixWare
   and UNIX SysV Release 4 technology from Novell, comp.unix.unixware.misc
   continues as the proper forum for UnixWare discussions.  UnixWare
   announcements are now posted to comp.unix.sco.announce.  The
   comp.unix.unixware.announce newsgroup is currently unused and will
   likely be removed eventually.

   biz.sco.vtcl replaced biz.sco.wserver (created Sep 15, 1993) as the
   discussion newsgroup for the revised version of the SCO "Visual Tcl"
   technology formerly referred to as the "Widget Server" on Sep 5, 1994.
   It was in turn replaced by comp.unix.sco.programmer on Apr 22, 1995.

   The RFD for the migration of biz.sco.* to comp.unix.sco.* was posted
   on Dec 13 1994.  The resulting CFV was posted Mar 22, 1995 and passed
   the vote on April 14, 1995.  Official newgroup cmsg's went out within
   a few days.  Corresponding backwards compatible newsgroup<>mailing-list
   gateways were implemented on Apr 22, 1995.  The old biz.sco.* newsgroups
   were removed on June 3, 1995.

   The comp.unix.unixware.misc bi-directional news<>mail gateway was
   implimented on Feb 19, 1997.

   The comp.unix.xenix.sco bi-directional news<>mail gateway was
   implimented on May 4, 1997.

   Long time subscribers should now direct their postings as follows:

   Old:                                 Current:
   ---                                  -------
   biz.sco.announce             }       comp.unix.sco.announce
   comp.unix.unixware.announce  }       comp.unix.sco.announce
   biz.univel.misc                      comp.unix.unixware.misc
   biz.sco.general              }       comp.unix.sco.misc
   biz.sco.magazine             }       comp.unix.sco.misc
   biz.sco.opendesktop          }       comp.unix.sco.misc
   biz.sco.vtcl                         comp.unix.sco.programmer
   comp.unix.xenix.sco                  comp.unix.xenix.sco

   Newsgroups and Mailing Lists:
   ----------------------------

   Subject to the USENET NEWS hierarchies carried by your upstream feed,
   you are able to subscribe to the following:

        Newsgroup                       mailing list subscription
        ---------                       -------------------------
        comp.unix.sco.announce          scoann-requ...@xenitec.on.ca
        comp.unix.sco.misc              scomsc-requ...@xenitec.on.ca
        comp.unix.sco.programmer        scoprg-requ...@xenitec.on.ca
        comp.unix.unixware.misc         scouwr-requ...@xenitec.on.ca
        comp.unix.xenix.sco             scoxnx-requ...@xenitec.on.ca

   You are _strongly_ encouraged to obtain these newsgroups via USENET
   NEWS mechanisms vrs email.  Should comp.unix.sco.*, comp.unix.xenix.sco
   or comp.unix.unixware.misc not be locally available, please check with
   your local newsadmin or have them request a feed from their provider.
   Anyone having difficulty arranging a news feed for these newsgroups
   is welcome to email the undersigned and I'll do my best to help.
   We also offer all required software in source code form via anonymous
   FTP and UUCP, as do many archive sites.  If, after having explored all
   options, you are still unable to find a newsfeed for comp.unix.sco.*,
   comp.unix.unixware.misc or comp.unix.xenix.sco, you may subscribe to
   these mailing lists.

   Be aware that the traffic volume in comp.unix.sco.misc often exceeds
   100 articles *daily*, thus you should be prepared to have your mailbox
   flooded to this extent when subscribing to the gated "scomsc" mailing
   list.  Most people find that news is a much better mechanism than email
   to handle this sort of volume.

   The comp.unix.sco.*, comp.unix.unixware.misc and comp.unix.xenix.sco
   discussion newsgroups are bi-directionally gated to companion mailing
   lists.  The comp.unix.sco.announce newsgroup, being moderated, is
   uni-directionally gated to its companion mailing list.  Anyone without
   access to USENET NEWS but who does have a UUCP or Internet mail feed
   can still participate fully using email.  Mailing list subscribers
   should send their request to the appropriate "-request" mailing list
   subscription address above, including the correct command in the
   message body of their request.

   Please use the format:
        Add: mailing-list:      your_working_email_address (Your Real Name)
   Valid examples:
        Add: scomsc:    your_logn...@site.do.main  (Your Real Name)  -or-
        Add: scoann:    up!stream!yoursite!your_logname (Your Real Name)

   Inclusion of an alternative working bang-path relative to a well know
   major functional site might prove beneficial.  Deletions are handled the
   same way, simply substitute "Delete:" for "Add:", ensuring that you use
   the exact same address you subscribed with.  Subscribers receive a
   mailing list introduction and a copy of this FAQ when their request is
   processed.  Mailing list subscriptions are free, subject to whatever
   arrangements you may have with the site(s) feeding you.

   Mailing-list Subscriber and Posting Problems:
   --------------------------------------------

   If you don't receive an acknowledgment within a few days, it's likely
   that someone, somewhere, is bouncing mail replies to you, and would do
   the same with mailing list traffic for you.  Check your routing, then
   try a test message via xenitec.on.ca back to your host.  You'll want
   to resolve your connectivity problem before trying to subscribe again.
   Similarly, should you experience a sudden and prolonged drop to zero
   volume on the mailing lists, this typically indicates that we are no
   longer able to find a working route to your site.  We lose a handful
   of subscribers this way each month.

   Addresses that cause a severe deluge of error messages directed at
   the mailing list administrator will not be automatically reinstated.
   Such are requested to provide a stable address for the appropriate
   local network or ISP administrator along with that person's explicit
   permission to accept automatic redirection of error notifications
   that might result from resubscription of the problem address.  Such
   problems are typically solved only when that administrator receives
   the errors as they happen.

   If you are trying to resubscribe an address that was removed due to
   such problems, please include a stable redirection address with your
   resubscription request.  Otherwise your request will be substantially
   delayed until such time as the human mailing list administrator can
   find time to personally deal with your request by asking you for a
   redirection address for your error messages.

   Due to the unfortunate advent of SPAM, addresses on hosts that
   originate or relay SPAM have their smtp access to the mailing list
   hub site blocked.  If you find yourself subject to this restriction,
   you will want to ask your administrator to resolve the root cause
   of the problem by putting appropriate anti-spamming provisions in
   place and notifying the Internet community that this has been done
   so that smtp-blocking can be lifted.  In cases where this is not
   feasible, the only solution is to connect to an ISP that does not
   support SPAM activities.  See URL: http://spam.abuse.net for details.

   In an attempt to partially protect mailing lists hosted on the hub
   site from SPAM, smtp requests must also have IN-ADDR.ARPA records
   available, otherwise they may be refused.  Those who would steal
   your resources and time are known to use throw-away unresolvable
   IP addresses with increasing frequency and will be blocked.

   The Charters:  What's in the newsgroups (and gated mailing lists):
   -----------------------------------------------------------------

   comp.unix.sco.announce: (Moderated by Ed Hew <ed...@xenitec.on.ca>)
     Product, service, and business announcements of reasonable interest
     to the SCO community of developers, distributors, resellers,
     consultants, administrators and end-users, submitted by:
        - SCO,
        - third party software and hardware developers, SCO-specific
          service providers, and authors of freely available software.
     This explicitly includes SCO supplement information (SLS, TLS, EFS, etc.)
     Blatant and/or irrelevant commercial "ads" will continue to be rejected.
     Articles should be emailed to the moderator at: scoann...@xenitec.on.ca

   comp.unix.sco.misc:
     Questions, answers, comments and discussion about past, present and
     future SCO and related third party products and services, not more
     specifically covered by one of the other newsgroups, including but
     not limited to:
        - SCO UNIX operating system,
        - networking products (TCP/IP, NFS, LAN Manager, IPX/SPX, DCE, OSI),
        - graphical products (X server and clients),
        - DOS Merge,
        - The Open Desktop and Open Server operating environments which
          incorporate most of the above components.
        - SCO's older applications, when running on SCO UNIX.
        - SCO's support and other policies.
        - Third party hardware, software and services.
        - SCO environment specific "help wanted" postings.
     Commercial advertisements are explicitly forbidden.

   comp.unix.sco.programmer:
     Questions, answers, comments and discussion about past, present and
     future SCO development system products and related software and issues,
     including but not limited to:
       - UNIX and Open Desktop development systems,
       - SCO Visual TCL.
       - DCE developers toolkit,
       - Device Driver Writer's toolkit/Advanced Hardware Developer Kit
       - Public domain, shareware, and third party development tools
         of use in SCO operating environments.
       - SCO software distribution mastering toolkits
       - API questions, compiler behavior, header files, libraries,
         binary formats, manifest defines, etc.
       - Porting.
     Commercial advertisements are explicitly forbidden.

   comp.unix.unixware.announce: (obsolete)
   (Moderated by Evan Leibovitch <e...@telly.org>)
     [The creator and moderator of comp.unix.unixware.announce advises
      that it is now redundant and has suggested its formal removal given
      that pertinent announcements are posted to comp.unix.sco.announce.]

   comp.unix.unixware.misc:
     This is a general-purpose forum for discussion about products of
     Novells Unix Systems Group, primarily its implementation of Unix
     for PC-architecture systems sold under the name UnixWare.
     Appropriate product and service announcements should now be sent
     to comp.unix.sco.announce.
     [SCO acquired the UnixWare product line from Novell in 1995.]

   comp.unix.xenix.sco:
     The canonical charter is: XENIX versions from the Santa Cruz Operation.
     The original full charter is unavailable.  Anyone with a copy of the
     original charter, RFD or CFV is encouraged to send it to me.

   Full SCO newsgroup archives for comp.unix.sco.* and their biz.sco.*
   precursors live under URL:      ftp://ftp.xenitec.on.ca/pub/news/
                                ___________

   The undersigned has historically facilitated the evolution of the SCO
   newsgroup namespace.  Suggestions for additional SCO newsgroups and/or
   mailing lists should be emailed to the address below.

--
  Ed Hew <ed...@xenitec.on.ca> XeniTec Consulting & rlogin Corporation
  SCO newsgroup godfather, biz FAQ maintainer, biz newsgroup authority
  Canadian UUCP Map Coordinator   |  UUCP liason to CA Domain Registry
  moderator: comp.unix.sco.announce, can.uucp.maps | (yes,+other hats)