FAQ: SCO UNIX newsgroups and mailing lists

FAQ: SCO UNIX newsgroups and mailing lists

Post by Ed He » Thu, 04 Jan 1996 04:00:00

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X-Maintainer:   Ed Hew <ed...@xenitec.on.ca>
X-Original:     Fri May 10 12:17:43 EDT 1991
X-Revised:      Tue Nov 07 16:05:50 EST 1995

              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

   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 it's companion mailing list.  Similarly,
   there was a demonstrated need for an information and discussion forum
   for SCO products in general.

   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 "biz".  Given the content,
   this change relocated the "opendesktop" newsgroup to a more proper place
   within the established usenet news hierarchy and adds the new "announce"
   and "general" groups.  On Aug 1, 1991, the former "sco-l...@uunet.uu.net"
   became "scogen" in keeping with established biz.sco.* naming conventions.

   biz.sco.binaries and biz.sco.sources were newgrouped on June 1, 1992
   to respectively accommodate SCO Xenix, UNIX and OpenDesktop specific
   binaries and source code.  The binaries and sources news groups are
   moderated, with moderator and submissions information and policy
   outlined in the periodic imformational postings in those newsgroups.
   Respecting USENET etiquite, these newsgroups are _not_ gated to
   mailing lists, but are archived on several nuucp and ftp hosts.

   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.

   biz.sco.vtcl replaced biz.sco.wserver (first newgrouped Sep 15, 1993),
   on Sep 5, 1994, reflecting the revised version of the SCO technology
   formerly referred to as the "Widget Server".

   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.  New corresponding newsgroup<>mailing list gateways were
   implimented, backwards compatible, on Apr 22, 1995.  The old biz.sco.*
   newsgroups were removed on June 3, 1995.

   Long time subscribers should direct their postings as follows:

   Old:                         New:
   ---                          ---
   biz.sco.announce             comp.unix.sco.announce
   biz.sco.general      }
   biz.sco.magazine     }       comp.unix.sco.misc
   biz.sco.opendesktop  }
   biz.sco.vtcl                 comp.unix.sco.programmer

   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

   You are _strongly_ encouraged to obtain these newsgroups via USENET
   NEWS mechanisms vrs email.  Should comp.unix.sco.* 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.*, you may subscribe to the mailing lists.

   Be aware that the traffic volume in comp.unix.sco.misc often ranges
   from 50 to 100 articles #daily#, thus you should be prepared to have
   your mailbox flooded to this extent when subscribing to the gated
   "scomsc" mailing list.  Again, news is a much better mechanism than
   email to handle this sort of volume.

   The 3 discussion newsgroups are bi-directionally gated to companion
   mailing lists, so anyone not having access to 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 in the
   message body:

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

   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
   "how to post to the mlist" article submission information when their
   request is processed.  Mailing list subscriptions are free, subject to
   whatever arrangements you may have with the site(s) feeding you.

   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.
   Similarily, should you experience a sudden and prolonged drop to zero
   volume on the mailing lists, this often indicates that we are no longer
   able to find a working route to your site.  We loose a handful of
   subscribers this way each month.  If this happens to you, please email
   us your known working bang-path relative to a major site.

   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.

     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.

     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.

   Full SCO newsgroup archives live at 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. A. Hew,    <ed...@xenitec.on.ca>        XeniTec Consulting Services
  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)