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Currently we have several lists, and you should subscribe
to and use the list most appropriate for your questions.
If you are unsure, please use the redhat-list *only*. Do
*not* crosspost to more than one list at Red Hat. The
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- redhat-announce-list - <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For important announcements related to Red Hat products.
- redhat-list - <email@example.com>
For the general discussion of topics related to
Red Hat Linux.
- redhat-digest - <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is the digest version of the redhat-list. Instead
of getting mail that goes to the redhat-list as individual
messages, subscribers to this list receive periodic volumes
that include several posts at once.
- redhat-install-list - <email@example.com>
For the general discussion of installation related
topics only. This can include appropriate hardware,
problems with hardware, package selection, etc.
- redhat-ppp-list - <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For the general discussion of PPP under Red Hat. This
includes configuration, installation, changes, etc.
- redhat-devel-list - <email@example.com>
This is for general discussion of software development
under Red Hat Linux. This can be anything from porting
Red Hat to the m68k to compiling the latest wine.
- sparc-list - <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is for Red Hat SPARC specific issues only.
- axp-list - <email@example.com>
This is for Red Hat Alpha specific issues only.
- rpm-list - <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is for discussion of RPM related issues. This can
be RPM usage in general, RPM development using rpmlib,
RPM development using shell scripts, porting RPM to non
Linux architectures, etc.
- applixware-list - <email@example.com>
For Applixware discussion only. Mostly related to
installation, usage, macro writing, etc.
So, how do you subscribe? For each of the lists above there
is a subscription address. It is the list address with a "-request"
on the end of it. For example, for the redhat-list you would
send your subscription or unsubscription request to
"firstname.lastname@example.org". For the RPM list, you would
use "email@example.com". All you need to send is
the word "subscribe" in the SUBJECT line of your message to
subscribe, and "unsubscribe" in the subject line to unsubscribe.
You may leave the body of the message empty.
General Posting Policies
First and foremost, *think* before you post. Also think before
you *reply* to another post. Reply's for the above lists are set
to be the list itself, NOT the person who posted. So, anything you
automatically reply to could go to hundreds if not thousands of
other folks out there. *Think* before you act.
Also, if you have problems with the list (such as being unable to
unsubscribe), do not send mail to the list itself. Send mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will help you.
Next, observe proper "netiquette". I'm sure these rules are outlined
in several places on the net, but I'll go through them here.
- When posting to a list with a reply to a previous message, trim
ALL irrelevant or unnecessary text from previous messages. Trim
ALL other signatures of previous posters. Trim all signatures of
the list itself.
- When replying to a post, make sure any attributions in your message
are correct. People get upset when you way that they said something
that they never said.
- If the entire content of your post is "me too" or "thanks", DO NOT
POST IT. Send it to the original author if you like, but do not
annoy the list members with it.
- Do not post anything forsale or wanted to the above lists. Even
private posts of hardware forsale are generally unwelcomed.
- Do not ask sales related questions here. The Red Hat staff that
periodically monitor this list have no idea about pricing,
availability, or new product announcements. Please direct all
of those type questions to email@example.com.
- Do not ask or discuss which text editor is best.
- Do not ask or discuss why Linux is better than NT.
- Do not ask or discuss why Erik and Donnie work on Friday nights.
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result of these lists. Sometimes you *do* get what you pay for,
but on these lists you usually get a hell of alot more than that.
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