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From: James Harris <>
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups.proposals,comp.lang.forth,comp.lang.python,comp.os.linux.misc
Subject: RFD: comp.sys.raspberry-pi
Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2013 11:21:06 EST
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                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                unmoderated group comp.sys.raspberry-pi

This is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
unmoderated newsgroup comp.sys.raspberry-pi.

comp.sys.raspberry-pi	Raspberry Pi computers & related hardware and software.


* Discussions on this topic have so far been widely and thinly spread
on Usenet
  - e.g. google "raspberry pi"
* Device has been on sale for over a year (since 29 Feb 2012)
* Circa 1 million units sold so far
* The maker's web forum, while it is a web site and not Usenet,
currently reports over 299,000 posts and 33,000 threads giving an
indication of the levels of interest in discussion
* The Raspberry Pi is complex and used by communities having technical
issues to discuss
* Various third-party add-ons are available
* The device has some distinctive features, e.g.,
  * Low cost - base retail prices US$25/35 depending on model
  * Header for interfacing with external electronics
  * Can generate 1080p30 High Definition video
* For further specs see
* People have been using the device for a variety of unusual purposes

All-in-all there seems to be many reasons why a Usenet group would be
well used but to allow the Big 8 Management Board to make an informed
decision if you would read and/or post to the proposed newsgroup
please indicate your interest by replying on this thread. Followups
are set to news.groups.proposals where discussions about the proposal
can be carried out.


Newsgroup comp.sys.raspberry-pi is for discussion of issues connected
with Raspberry Pi computer systems including set up, programming,
software, operating systems, interfacing, related hardware and

Posters are expected to abide by normal Usenet standards of decorum,
and to ignore articles intended to disrupt the group.  The usual
suspects are prohibited (spam, binaries, direct advertising, etc.)


For more information on the newsgroup creation process, please see:

Those who wish to influence the development of this RFD and its final
resolution should subscribe to news.groups.proposals and participate
in the relevant threads in that newsgroup.  This is both a courtesy to
groups in which discussion of creating a new group is off-topic as
well as the best method of making sure that one's comments or
criticisms are heard.

All discussion of active proposals should be posted to

To this end, the followup header of this RFD has been set to

If desired by the readership of closely affected groups, the
discussion may be crossposted to those groups, but care must be taken
to ensure that all discussion appears in news.groups.proposals as

We urge those who would like to read or post in the proposed newsgroup
to make a comment to that effect in this thread; we ask proponents to
keep a list of such positive posts with the relevant message ID:

Barney Fife, <>)

Such lists of positive feedback for the proposal may constitute good
evidence that the group will be well-used if it is created.


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:



James Harris (replace A with @ - but please
discuss the proposal on Usenet!)

2013-03-09  Initial RFD