In article <1991Sep20.065013.3221 at nic.funet.fi> harper at nic.funet.fi (Rob Harper) writes:
>On usenet it is a well established practice to send out binaries
>in UUENCODED format. For example alt.sources, comp.ibm.pc.binaries
>but on Bionet we only have bionet.software.
It's also well established not to send binaries over discussion groups.
>What I would like to know is would there be any need for a newsgroup
>called bionet.software.binaries? I already have a directory on NIC
>called /pub/sci/incoming for accepting PD software, and it would not
>be a big job to UUENCODE any software deposited there and pump it out
>to a newsgroup... but is there any need for such a mechanism?
I think it would be a good idea to have a binaries group, it might even
encourage the publication of even more quality PD biological software.
However, I think it should be a moderated group, lest it get out of
hand. The major problem with a moderated group is that biology-related
software is available for an astonishing number of machines and
operating system, and so it'll be a headache to see if the software
indeed works before distributing.
Humberto Ortiz-Zuazaga INTERNET: zuazaga at ucunix.san.uc.edu
Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics BITNET: picone at ucbeh
University of Cincinnati CIS: 72301,2303