As posted to C.O.L.A. January 1, 1998.
REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD) unmoderated group comp.os.linux.security This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of a world-wide unmoderated Usenet newsgroup comp.os.linux.security. This is not a Call for Votes (CFV); you cannot vote at this time. Procedural details are below. Newsgroup line: comp.os.linux.security Security and the Linux Operating System. RATIONALE: comp.os.linux.security The number of users of the Linux Operating System has grown significantly over the last few years. A large number of these new users are connecting their machines to the internet via modems with little or no thought about the security of their machines. In addition, the standard installation procedure of most Linux distributions results in a machine with maximal capabilities but also the maximum number of possible security holes. A search of a usenet archiving site such as dejanews would quickly find a large number of linux security discussion threads scattered across numerous existing newsgroups. The existing newsgroup comp.unix.security is useful but its discussion content is aimed more at the unix admistrator level. Therefore a newsgroup specifically aimed at the home/small business Linux user would complement rather than replace discussion on comp.unix.security. CHARTER: comp.os.linux.security This newsgroup is dedicated to the discussion of issues of related to security of machines running the Linux Operating System. The posting of commercial information to this group is permitted only if the information is directly relevant to security and the Linux Operating System. Spamming of any sort is absolutely not tolerated. END CHARTER. PROCEDURE: This is a request for discussion, not a call for votes. In this phase of the process, any potential problems with the proposed newsgroups should be raised and resolved. The discussion period will continue for a minimum of 21 days (starting from when the first RFD for this proposal is posted to news.announce.newgroups), after which a Call For Votes (CFV) may be posted by a neutral vote taker if the discussion warrants it. Please do not attempt to vote until this happens. All discussion of this proposal should be posted to news.groups. This RFD attempts to comply fully with the Usenet newsgroup creation guidelines outlined in "How to Create a New Usenet Newsgroup" and "How to Format and Submit a New Group Proposal". Please refer to these documents (available in news.announce.newgroups) if you have any questions about the process. DISTRIBUTION: This RFD has been posted to the newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, comp.security.unix, comp.os.linux.announce, comp.os.linux.networking, comp.os.linux.setup Proponent: Erik de Castro Lopo Thanks in advance, Erik - -- +-------------------------------------------------+ Erik de Castro Lopo [email protected] +-------------------------------------------------+ "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943