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Re: suggestion

stimits@idcomm.com wrote:
>This suggestion could probably be sent to a number of different
>departments of Debian, but it is most likely a general policy decision
>on how to support your product.

No, debian-project is a more correct list. debian-policy is about
*technical* policy.

>I am recommending to several
>distribution packagers that the newsgroup comp.os.linux.* could benefit
>from a comp.os.linux.distributions.*, among which
>comp.os.linux.distributions.debian would be one.

You should go and campaign on the newsgroup 'news.groups' for this if
you think it's a good idea; newsgroup creation isn't a matter in which
distributors have any particular say. Read the FAQs first, though.

>This would allow reduction of support costs at the individual packagers
>while allowing some of the users to better aid in helping each other
>with problems that are specific to individual distributions.

Well, Debian doesn't really have support costs as such, because we are
composed of volunteers. :) Your phrasing seems geared towards the
commercial distributions.

We already have debian-user@lists.debian.org, and various more
specialized mailing lists, which are excellent user support forums; I
think that duplicating effort here will just dilute the quality of
mutual support. I believe other distributions have something similar.

Feel free to write up an RFD for news.groups and campaign in its favour
if you still think it's a good idea, though; you don't need official
approval or anything like that.

Colin Watson                                     [cjw44@flatline.org.uk]

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