Re: Time to form comp.os.linux.alpha?

Dominique Quatravaux (
Wed, 27 Nov 1996 17:56:00 +0100 (MET)

>> I'll vote against it.
>> There isn't nearly enough traffic to support a newsgroup. I'll start
>> "" for more techinical discussions if people like
>> though.

Yes there is. I reckon there arrives about 40 mails a day, a majority of
which have less than 50% of their text useful and unquoted (not including
the mail headers in the useless part...). There is not enough room for
such a mailing list in my university mailbox, and I too, am considering
procmailing out parts of it according to the subject... I think it would
ease the correct diffusion of knowledge to have a newsgroup acting as the
outer forum and a mailing list for people really interested in
development - just like everywhere else in the Linux world.

In the current context, taking myself as an example, I almost never
bother answering a simple question since I'm pretty sure someone has
already done so, and I glance helplessy at the difficult ones which will
not be answered, _even though_ the answer is known (see the 2.1.x kernel
compiling story). With a dual mailing list/newsgroup system, I would be
able to answer the simple questions in the news, thus getting you, David,
Linus, Harald etc. rid of this endeavour, and learn more by just reading
the list, just like I currently do for the PC architecture...

Finally, axp-kernel is no correct name, because 1) kernel discussions
belong to the linux-kernel sublists and 2) what should IMHO be put apart
from the installation questions is the whole development process, not just
the kernel.


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