Request for discussion for newsgroup comp.os.linux.security

As posted to C.O.L.A. January 1, 1998.

        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

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.



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.


This RFD has been posted to the newsgroups:


Proponent: Erik de Castro Lopo 

Thanks in advance,
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     Erik de Castro Lopo     [email protected]
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
 -- Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943