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>From: [email protected] (Gene Spafford)
Newsgroups: news.lists,news.groups,news.announce.newusers
Subject: List of Active Newsgroups (Updated: 11 September 1988)
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
Date: 11 Oct 88 02:55:50 GMT
Expires: 9 Jan 89 02:55:49 GMT
Organization: Dept. of Computer Sciences, Purdue Univ.
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Approved: [email protected]
Supersedes: <[email protected]>

[Most recent change: 11 September 1988 by [email protected] (Gene Spafford)]

The following is a list of currently active USENET newsgroups as of
10 October 1988. The groups distributed worldwide are divided
into seven broad classifications: "news", "soc", "talk", "misc",
"sci", "comp" and "rec". Each of these classifications is organized
into groups and subgroups according to topic.

"comp" Topics of interest to both computer professionals and
hobbyists, including topics in computer science, software
source, and information on hardware and software systems.

"sci" Discussions intended as technical in nature and relating
to the established sciences.

"misc" Groups addressing themes not easily classified under any of the
other headings or which incorporate themes from multiple

"soc" Groups primarily addressing social issues and socializing.

"talk" Groups largely debate-oriented and tending to feature long
discussions without resolution and without appreciable amounts
of generally useful information.

"news" Groups concerned with the news network and software themselves.

"rec" Groups oriented towards hobbies and recreational activities.

These "world" newsgroups are (usually) circulated around the entire
USENET -- this implies world-wide distribution. Not all groups
actually enjoy such wide distribution, however. The European Usenet
and Eunet sites take only a selected subset of the more "technical"
groups, and controversial "noise" groups are often not carried by many
sites in the US and Canada (these groups are primarily under the "talk"
and "soc" classifications). Many sites do not carry some or all of
the comp.binaries groups.

There are groups in other subcategories, but they are local: to
institutions, to geographic regions, etc. and they are not listed
here. Note that these distribution categories can be used to restrict
the propagation of news articles. Currently, distributions include:
world worldwide distribution (default)
att limited to AT&T
can limited to Canada
eunet limited to European sites
na limited to North America
usa limited to the United States
There may be other regional and local distribution categories available
at your site. Most US states have distribution categories named after
the two letter abbreviation for that state or category (e.g., "ga" for
Georgia, "nj" for New Jersey). Please use an appropriate distribution
category if your article is not likely to be of interest to USENET
readers worldwide.

Some groups are moderated or are monitored mailing lists. They can
only be posted to by mailing submissions to the coordinator (provided
in a companion posting). Some selected sites provide automatic
remailing in support of 2.11 news -- posting to one of these groups
automatically mails the article for the poster. Some of the moderated
groups are gatewayed to USENET from the ARPA Internet and appear as
newsgroups to facilitate distribution and posting from the Usenet.
Other of the "world" groups are bidirectionally gatewayed with ARPA
Internet mailing lists; items submitted from the ARPA side to the
digest are split up and submitted to the USENET group, while articles
submitted on the USENET side are bundled up and submitted to the
mailing list. A complete list of moderated newsgroups, submission
addresses and moderators is given in a companion posting.

The following "world" groups have been gatewayed with the listed
Arpa Internet lists. Some of them may not still be gatewayed due to
broken software and/or gateways; such groups are marked with an
asterisk ("*") in the list below. Please contact me if you should know
of their current status. Also note that the group "comp.lang.forth" is
gatewayed with the Bitnet discussion list "[email protected]", and
rec.railroad is run from "[email protected]".
Some of these lists are gated one-way into Usenet groups; those groups
have been marked with a ">" symbol in the list below.

If you are reading this article from a site not on the Usenet, you may
subscribe to Arpa Internet lists by writing to the request address.
You form such an address by putting "-request" before the "@" symbol,
as in "[email protected]". This gets your message directly to
the list maintainer instead of broadcasting it to all the readers of
the list.

Also note that moderators of Usenet groups may not be in charge of the
corresponding mailing list or gateway. For example, the moderator of
comp.sources.unix does not have anything to do with the unix-sources
mailing list; matters concerning the mailing list should be addressed
to [email protected]

Usenet Group Arpa Internet list
------------ ----------------
comp.emacs [email protected]
>comp.emacs [email protected]
*comp.lang.ada [email protected]
comp.lang.c [email protected]
>comp.lang.c++ [email protected]
comp.lang.modula2 [email protected]
*comp.lang.pascal [email protected]
*comp.lang.prolog [email protected]
comp.os.cpm [email protected]
comp.os.minix [email protected] [email protected]
*comp.sys.atari.8bit [email protected]
* [email protected]
*comp.sys.misc [email protected]
comp.sys.tahoe [email protected]
*comp.terminals [email protected]
comp.unix.questions [email protected]
comp.unix.wizards [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]
*sci.astro [email protected]
sci.physics [email protected]
* [email protected]
* [email protected]
rec.equestrian [email protected]
*rec.ham-radio [email protected]
rec.ham-radio.packet [email protected]
rec.arts.sf-lovers [email protected]
* [email protected]
comp.sources.misc [email protected]
comp.sources.unix [email protected]

Please notify me of any errors or changes to this article.

Gene Spafford
[email protected]
Newsgroup Description
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Artificial intelligence discussions. Artificial Intelligence discussions. (Moderated) All aspects of neural networks. Natural Language and Knowledge Representation. (Moderated)
comp.arch Computer architecture.
comp.binaries.amiga Encoded public domain programs in binary. (Moderated)
comp.binaries.apple2 Binary-only postings for the Apple II computer. Binary-only postings for the Atari ST. (Moderated)
comp.binaries.hypercard Binary-only Macintosh HyperCard stacks. (Moderated) Binary-only postings for IBM PC/MS-DOS. (Moderated) Discussions about IBM/PC binary postings.
comp.binaries.mac Encoded Macintosh programs in binary. (Moderated)
comp.bugs.2bsd Reports of UNIX* version 2BSD related bugs.
comp.bugs.4bsd Reports of UNIX version 4BSD related bugs.
comp.bugs.4bsd.ucb-fixes Bug reports/fixes for BSD Unix. (Moderated)
comp.bugs.misc General UNIX bug reports and fixes (incl V7, uucp)
comp.bugs.sys5 Reports of USG (System III, V, etc.) bugs.
comp.cog-eng Cognitive engineering.
comp.compilers Compiler construction, theory, etc. (Moderated)
comp.databases Database and data management issues and theory.
comp.dcom.lans Local area network hardware and software.
comp.dcom.modems Data communications hardware and software.
comp.dcom.telecom Telecommunications digest. (Moderated)
comp.doc Archived public-domain documentation. (Moderated)
comp.doc.techreports Lists of technical reports. (Moderated) Computer science education.
comp.emacs EMACS editors of different flavors.
comp.fonts Typefonts -- design, conversion, use, etc. Computer graphics, art, animation, image processing. Graphics software, hardware, theory, etc. (Moderated)
comp.ivideodisc Interactive videodiscs -- uses, potential, etc.
comp.lang.ada Discussion about Ada*.
comp.lang.apl Discussion about APL.
comp.lang.c Discussion about C.
comp.lang.c++ The object-oriented C++ language.
comp.lang.forth Discussion about Forth.
comp.lang.fortran Discussion about FORTRAN.
comp.lang.lisp Discussion about LISP.
comp.lang.misc Different computer languages not specifically listed.
comp.lang.modula2 Discussion about Modula-2.
comp.lang.pascal Discussion about Pascal.
comp.lang.postscript The PostScript Page Description Language.
comp.lang.prolog Discussion about PROLOG.
comp.lang.scheme The Scheme Programming language.
comp.lang.smalltalk Discussion about Smalltalk 80.
comp.laser-printers Laser printers, hardware & software. (Moderated)
comp.lsi Large scale integrated circuits.
comp.mail.elm Discussion and fixes for ELM mail system.
comp.mail.headers Gatewayed from the ARPA header-people list.
comp.mail.maps Various maps, including UUCP maps. (Moderated) The UCI version of the Rand Message Handling system.
comp.mail.misc General discussions about computer mail.
comp.mail.sendmail Configuring and using the BSD sendmail agent.
comp.mail.uucp Mail in the uucp network environment.
comp.misc General topics about computers not covered elsewhere.
comp.newprod Announcements of new products of interest. (Moderated) DEC* Users' Society newsgroup. FidoNews digest, official news of FidoNet Assoc. (Moderated) USENIX Association events and announcements. News/discussion about/from the /usr/group organization.
comp.os.cpm Discussion about the CP/M operating system.
comp.os.eunice The SRI Eunice system.
comp.os.minix Discussion of Tanenbaum's MINIX system.
comp.os.misc General OS-oriented discussion not carried elsewhere.
comp.os.os9 Discussions about the os9 operating system.
comp.os.research Operating systems and related areas. (Moderated)
comp.os.vms DEC's VAX* line of computers & VMS.
comp.os.xinu The XINU operating system from Purdue (D. Comer).
comp.parallel Massively parallel hardware/software. (Moderated)
comp.periphs Peripheral devices.
comp.protocols.appletalk Applebus hardware & software. Networking with IBM mainframes.
comp.protocols.iso The ISO protocol stack.
comp.protocols.kermit Info about the Kermit package. (Moderated)
comp.protocols.misc Various forms and types of FTP protocol.
comp.protocols.nfs Discussion about the Network File System prototcol.
comp.protocols.tcp-ip TCP and IP network protocols.
comp.protocols.tcp-ip.ibmpc TCP/IP for IBM(-like) personal computers.
comp.risks Risks to the public from computers & users. (Moderated)
comp.simulation Simulation methods, problems, uses. (Moderated)
comp.society The impact of technology on society. (Moderated)
comp.society.futures Events in technology affecting future computing.
comp.society.women Women's roles and problems in computing (Moderated) Software Engineering and related topics.
comp.sources.amiga Source code-only postings for the Amiga. (Moderated) Source code-only postings for the Atari ST. (Moderated)
comp.sources.bugs Bug reports, fixes, discussion for posted sources
comp.sources.d For any discussion of source postings. Postings of recreational software. (Moderated) Bug reports and fixes for posted game software.
comp.sources.mac Software for the Apple Macintosh. (Moderated)
comp.sources.misc Posting of software . (Moderated)
comp.sources.unix Postings of complete, UNIX-oriented sources. (Moderated)
comp.sources.wanted Requests for software and fixes.
comp.sources.x Software for the X windows system. (Moderated)
comp.std.c Discussion about C language standards.
comp.std.internat Discussion about international standards.
comp.std.misc Discussion about various standards.
comp.std.mumps Discussion for the X11.1 committee on Mumps. (Moderated)
comp.std.unix Discussion for the P1003 committee on UNIX. (Moderated)
comp.sys.amiga Commodore Amiga: info&uses, but no programs. Technical discussion about the Amiga.
comp.sys.apollo Apollo computer systems. Discussion about Apple micros.
comp.sys.atari.8bit Discussion about 8 bit Atari micros. Discussion about 16 bit Atari micros.
comp.sys.att Discussions about AT&T microcomputers.
comp.sys.cbm Discussion about Commodore micros.
comp.sys.celerity Celerity Computers
comp.sys.dec Discussions about DEC computer systems.
comp.sys.dec.micro DEC Micros (Rainbow, Professional 350/380)
comp.sys.encore Encore's MultiMax computers.
comp.sys.hp Discussion about Hewlett-Packard equipment. Discussion about IBM personal computers. The IBM PC, PC-XT, and PC-AT. (Moderated) Topics related to IBM's RT computer. Disucussions about Intel systems and parts.
comp.sys.m6809 Discussion about 6809's.
comp.sys.m68k Discussion about 68k's.
comp.sys.m68k.pc Discussion about 68k-based PCs. (Moderated)
comp.sys.mac Discussions about the Apple Macintosh & Lisa.
comp.sys.mac.digest Apple Macintosh: info&uses, but no programs. (Moderated)
comp.sys.mac.hypercard The Macintosh Hypercard: info & uses.
comp.sys.mac.programmer Discussion by people programming the Apple Macintosh.
comp.sys.masscomp The Masscomp line of computers. (Moderated)
comp.sys.misc Discussion about computers of all kinds.
comp.sys.nsc.32k National Semiconductor 32000 series chips.
comp.sys.proteon Proteon gateway products.
comp.sys.pyramid Pyramid 90x computers.
comp.sys.ridge Ridge 32 computers and ROS.
comp.sys.sequent Sequent systems, (Balance and Symmetry).
comp.sys.sgi Silicon Graphics's Iris workstations and software.
comp.sys.sun Sun "workstation" computers. (Moderated)
comp.sys.tahoe CCI 6/32, Harris HCX/7, & Sperry 7000 computers.
comp.sys.tandy Discussion about TRS-80's.
comp.sys.ti Discussion about Texas Instruments.
comp.sys.transputer The Transputer computer and OCCAM language.
comp.sys.workstations Various workstation-type computers. (Moderated) Xerox 1100 workstations and protocols.
comp.sys.zenith.z100 The Zenith Z-100 (Heath H-100) family of computers.
comp.terminals All sorts of terminals.
comp.text Text processing issues and methods.
comp.text.desktop Technolgy & techniques of desktop publishing. (Moderated) Information Retrieval topics. (Moderated)
comp.unix Discussion of UNIX* features and bugs. (Moderated)
comp.unix.aux The version of UNIX for Apple Macintosh II computers.
comp.unix.microport Discussion of Microport's UNIX.
comp.unix.questions UNIX neophytes group.
comp.unix.ultrix Discussions about DEC's Ultrix. (Moderated)
comp.unix.wizards Discussions, bug reports, and fixes on and for UNIX.
comp.unix.xenix Discussion about the Xenix OS. Various issues about windowing systems. Sun Microsystems' NewS window system. Discussion about the X Window System.

misc.consumers Consumer interests, product reviews, etc. Discussion about owning and maintaining a house. Short, tasteful postings about items for sale.
misc.handicap Items of interest for/about the handicapped. (Moderated)
misc.headlines Current interest: drug testing, terrorism, etc.
misc.invest Investments and the handling of money. Discussion about employment, workplaces, careers. Announcements of positions available. Postings of resumes and "situation wanted" articles. Children, their behavior and activities. Legalities and the ethics of law.
misc.misc Various discussions not fitting in any other group. Security in general, not just computers. (Moderated)
misc.taxes Tax laws and advice.
misc.test For testing of network software. Very boring.
misc.wanted Requests for things that are needed (NOT software).

news.admin Comments directed to news administrators.
news.announce.conferences Calls for papers and conference announcements. (Moderated)
news.announce.important General announcements of interest to all. (Moderated)
news.announce.newusers Explanatory postings for new users. (Moderated)
news.config Postings of system down times and interruptions.
news.groups Discussions and lists of newsgroups.
news.lists News-related statistics and lists. (Moderated)
news.misc Discussions of USENET itself.
news.newsites Postings of new site announcements. Discussion about B-news-compatible software. Notesfile software from the Univ. of Illinois.
news.sysadmin Comments directed to system administrators.

rec.arts.anime Japanese animation fen discussion.
rec.arts.books Books of all genres, and the publishing industry.
rec.arts.comics Comic books and strips, graphic novels, sequential art.
rec.arts.drwho Discussion about Dr. Who. Discussions about interactive fiction.
rec.arts.movies Discussions of movies and movie making. Reviews of movies. (Moderated)
rec.arts.poems For the posting of poems.
rec.arts.sf-lovers Science fiction lovers' newsgroup.
rec.arts.startrek Star Trek, the TV shows and the movies. The boob tube, its history, and past and current shows. Postings about soap operas.
rec.arts.wobegon "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show discussion. High fidelity audio. Automobiles, automotive products and laws. Discussion of organized, legal auto competitions. Technical aspects of automobiles, et. al.
rec.aviation Aviation rules, means, and methods.
rec.bicycles Bicycles, related products and laws.
rec.birds Hobbyists interested in bird watching. Hobbyists interested in boating.
rec.equestrian Discussion of things equestrian.
rec.folk-dancing Folk dances, dancers, and dancing. Food, cooking, cookbooks, and recipes. Wines and spirits. Vegetarians. Discussion and hints on board games. Hobbyists interested in bridge. Chess & computer chess. Discussion and hints about Empire. Discussion about Fantasy Role Playing games. Discussion about Go. Discussion, hints, etc. about the Hack game. Games and computer games. Comments, hints, and info about the Moria game. Discussion about Play by Mail games. Discussion of adventure game programming. Discussion and hints about Rogue. Discussion about trivia. Discussion about video games.
rec.gardens Gardening, methods and results.
rec.guns Discussions about firearms. (Moderated)
rec.ham-radio Amateur Radio practices, contests, events, rules, etc.
rec.ham-radio.packet Discussion about packet radio setups.
rec.humor Jokes and the like. May be somewhat offensive.
rec.humor.d Discussions on the content of rec.humor articles.
rec.humor.funny Jokes that are funny (in the moderator's opinion). (Moderated)
rec.mag Magazine summaries, tables of contents, etc.
rec.mag.otherrealms Edited science fiction & fantasy "magazine". (Moderated)
rec.misc General topics about recreational/participant sports.
rec.models.rc Radio-controlled models for hobbyists. Motorcycles and related products and laws. Postings about the Fab Four & their music. Discussion of jazz, blues, and related types of music. Discussion about classical music. Folks discussing folk music of various sorts. Progressive music (e.g., Kate Bush). (Moderated) A group for (Grateful) Dead-heads. For performers and their discussions. Music lovers' group. Synthesizers and computer music.
rec.nude Hobbyists interested in naturist/nudist activities.
rec.pets Pets, pet care, and household animals in general. Hobbyists interested in photography.
rec.puzzles Puzzles, problems, and quizzes.
rec.railroad Real and model train fans' newsgroup.
rec.scuba Hobbyists interested in SCUBA diving.
rec.skiing Hobbyists interested in skiing.
rec.skydiving Hobbyists interested in skydiving. Discussion about baseball. Discussion about basketball. Discussion about football. Discussion about hockey. Spectator sports. Traveling all over the world. Video and video components.
rec.woodworking Hobbyists interested in woodworking.

sci.astro Astronomy discussions and information. Biology and related sciences.
sci.crypt Different methods of data en/decryption.
sci.electronics Circuits, theory, electrons and discussions.
sci.lang Natural languages, communication, etc.
sci.lang.japan The Japanese language, both spoken and written.
sci.logic Logic -- math, philosophy & computational aspects.
sci.math Mathematical discussions and pursuits.
sci.math.stat Statistics discussion.
sci.math.symbolic Symbolic algebra discussion. Medicine and its related products and regulations. AIDS: treatment, pathology/biology of HIV, prevention. (Moderated)
sci.misc Short-lived discussions on subjects in the sciences.
sci.nanotech Self-reproducing molecular-scale machines. (Moderated) Technical philosophy: math, science, logic, etc.
sci.physics Physical laws, properties, etc.
sci.psychology Topics related to psychology.
sci.research Research methods, funding, ethics, and whatever. Space, space programs, space related research, etc. The space shuttle and the STS program. College, college activities, campus life, etc.
soc.culture.african Discussions about Africa & things African.
soc.culture.arabic Technological & cultural issues, *not* politics.
soc.culture.china About China and Chinese culture.
soc.culture.celtic Group about Celts (*not* basketball!).
soc.culture.greek Group about Greeks.
soc.culture.indian Group for discussion about India & things Indian.
soc.culture.japan Everything Japanese, except the Japanese language.
soc.culture.jewish Jewish culture & religion. (cf. talk.politics.mideast)
soc.culture.misc Group for discussion about other cultures.
soc.human-nets Computer aided communications digest. (Moderated) Issues related to men, their problems & relationships.
soc.misc Socially-oriented topics not in other groups.
soc.motss Issues pertaining to homosexuality. Announcements, requests, etc. about people on the net.
soc.politics Political problems, systems, solutions. (Moderated)
soc.politics.arms-d Arms discussion digest. (Moderated)
soc.religion.christian Christianity and related topics. (Moderated)
soc.roots Genealogical matters. Newsgroup for single people, their activities, etc.
soc.women Women's rights, discrimination, etc.

talk.abortion All sorts of discussions and arguments on abortion.
talk.bizarre The unusual, bizarre, curious, and often stupid. Evolution versus creationism (sometimes hot!).
talk.philosophy.misc Philosophical musings on all topics.
talk.politics.mideast Discussion & debate over Middle Eastern events.
talk.politics.misc Political discussions and ravings of all kinds.
talk.politics.soviet Discussion of Soviet politics, domestic and foreign.
talk.politics.theory Theory of politics and political systems.
talk.religion.misc Religious, ethical, & moral implications.
talk.religion.newage Esoteric and minority religions & philosophies.
talk.rumors For the posting of rumors.

* UNIX is a registered Trademark of AT&T.
* DEC and Ultrix are Trademarks of the Digital Equipment Corporation.
* VAX is a Trademark of the Digital Equipment Corporation.
* Ada is a registered Trademark of the Ada Joint Program Office of the
United States Department of Defense.

Gene Spafford
NSF/Purdue/U of Florida Software Engineering Research Center,
Dept. of Computer Sciences, Purdue University, W. Lafayette IN 47907-2004
Internet: [email protected] uucp: ...!{decwrl,gatech,ucbvax}!purdue!spaf

  3 Responses to “Category : Information about the Internet from the early 1990's
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