November 17, 2001

New email list can help Linux sysadmins solve problems

Author: JT Smith

- by Bill Bradford -
In the late 1980s, a mailing list was started that was geared towards
system managers using Sun computer systems; it was called the Sun-Managers
mailing list. Working on a "Problem/Solution" model, and avoiding
discussions, it has been very successful and has operated continuously
for the past 12 years. In 1991, Linus Torvalds released the first version of the Linux operating
system. In 2001, we have created the Linux-Managers mailing list.The Linux-Managers mailing list is intended to be a quick-turnaround
troubleshooting aid for those people who administer and manage Linux-based
computer systems. Its primary purpose is to provide the Linux manager or
systems administrator with a quick, informed source of information for system
management problems that are of a time-critical nature and cannot be solved
using typical information sources (search engines, Usenet, etc).

Replies to questions posted to the list go back to the person who originally
posted the question, instead of back to the list at large. In exchange,
people posting questions to the list are encouraged to post the answers they
have gotten, and the solution to the problem they faced, back to the list.
Summary messages should state the answers received, the solution used, and
the Linux distribution involved. This approach has worked very well for the
Sun-Managers list since 1989; we see no reason to change it for Linux-Managers.
This list is not a discussion forum; there are plenty of other avenues for
people to discuss non-critical hardware and software issues.

The Linux-Managers list does not permit any kind of commercial advertising
on the list, and posting is restricted to list subscribers in order to
prevent spam. Employment postings (jobs sought or offered) are also not
allowed on the list. Requests for software (free or otherwise) should be
limited to software that is directly related and used to manage Linux
systems ONLY.

A Web-based list archive is kept for perusal of older problems/solutions.

We look forward to the next 12 years of Linux-Managers! You can find
more information and subscription instructions at

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