bionet.software.binaries (was rebsearch1.1...)

David Kristofferson kristoff at genbank.bio.net
Fri Sep 20 14:51:49 EST 1991

> I don't think newsgroups work too well to distribute software.

This is done quite frequently on USENET.  The more I think about it,
however, the less sure I am that we would want a parallel mailing list
to something like this since there are e-mail servers already and we
don't want to blast BITNET more than we already are 8-). For example,
we do not have a mailing list for bionet.molbio.genbank.updates.  If
all we're talking about is adding a USENET group without setting up
mailing lists at the four BIOSCI nodes, we can establish this
trivially and I'm not sure that we need to go through the usual BIOSCI
voting procedure.

I have also seen in some forwarded messages from Rob concern about
viruses being propagated around.  Since UofH, IUBIO, and EMBL are
already handling software and I presume checking for these, the group
could be moderated and contributions would have to be funneled through
the moderators (these groups would be the obvious choices).

Other comments?


				Dave Kristofferson
				GenBank Manager

				kristoff at genbank.bio.net

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