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The location of the archives for some of the mailing lists I subscribe to, and some discussion about mailing lists vs. web pages, and a $0.000001 (millionth of a dollar) idea. wink

See AboutThesePages.


Mailing List Archives


See http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/flists.php3. (Wish I could easily copy and paste that whole section here, unfortunately, I'd have to cut and paste each link individually.)

Some selected archives:

Before 2002:

After 2002:



From: http://www.nedit.org/community/mailing.shtml


The Linux Documentation Project

  • linuxdoc.org (ldp discuss)

Basic Linux Training

These archives are password protected (WTF?), and the following addresses are where to log in. (You can also subscribe on these pages.)

To get your password mailed to you (if you are already subscribed), go to: (You can also unsubscribe on these pages.)



Digression on Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Web Sites

Some mailing lists, newsgroups, and web sites have as an objective providing information to help others.

< lots of discussion not written yet wink >

The mailing lists and newsgroups are transient phenonema. My intent on WikiLearn is to provide a more permanent source of information -- if a question is asked and answered correctly once, why should it ever be answered again?

Well, there are reasons why it could and should be answered again, some good, some bad:

  • Answers may change over time as newer software is released and so forth
  • Some answers may be clearer than others, or more to the point, or with the necessary explanation of details that a newbie may need
  • New people with old questions might not find the old (but still good) answers

The first two reasons are good ones, the last is not (really), but it is often helpful to be able to post a question and have somebody else respond rather than search the web or some other resource.

I see a lot of good answers go by on the mailing lists I subscribe to, one of my intents was to capture these good answers on WikiLearn. It gets fairly tedious.

The Millionth Dollar Idea

An alternate to using something like WikiLearn is to search Google for answers in newsgroups or mailing list archives, or, to put links in WikiLearn to particular posts or threads on WikiLearn. Right now, that is pain to do -- it would be nice if a link to the archived copy of a post to a mail list (or newsgroup) were included with the original posting to the list. (This is possible for mail lists, as they go to a central mail list "server" to be sent out to all the subscribers to the mail list. Probably not as easy for a newsgroup, but I can imagine a way. Or really, all I'm looking for is a good permanent reference to a post so it can be found in the archives or via Google, maybe the key is just to save something like the Subject, To, From, and Date headers. (That would probably work, but seems quite cumbersome -- oh well, I'm glad I only claim this to be a "Millionth Dollar Idea" wink )

Aside: For people with a fast and unlimited Internet connection, an option is to read mail lists (and newsgroups) in the archives, with their "reference number" -- then you can immediately paste a link to the archived copy of a post. For me, on a slow dial up line, I prefer to get the mail delivered and then read it "offline".

Maybe another idea is a service that can remail mail from the archives -- then (in conjunction with a write-only subscription to a mailing list), I'd read the lists only after posts were archived and subsequently sent to me.


  • () RandyKramer - 25 Jun 2002
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