2nd RFD: comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win64

Discussion in 'C++' started by Christian McArdle, Jun 8, 2004.

    unmoderated group comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win64

    This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) to create
    comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win64 as an unmoderated world-wide Usenet
    newsgroup dedicated to the discussion of Microsoft Windows 64-bit
    programming. This is not a Call for Votes (CFV); you cannot vote at
    this time. Procedural details appear below. All followup discussion
    should be crossposted to news.groups.

    Newsgroup line:
    comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win64 Programming for 64-bit Microsoft Windows.

    CHANGES from previous RFD:
    1. Typographical errors.
    2. Addition of Intel Xeon (Nacona) processor.
    3. Addition of on topic "any other discussions related to 64-bit windows

    RATIONALE: comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win64

    Microsoft Windows is the most common operating system in use on
    computer desktops. For many years it has had a 32 bit API called
    Win32. However, advances in processor technology mean that a new
    64-bit version will soon be released. 64-bit Windows programming
    is already taking place with pre-release Beta versions of the
    operating system and compilers. There is a need for a Usenet group
    that enables 64-bit specific programming issues to be discussed

    Currently discussion happens on a variety of inappropriate groups,
    such as comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win32. There is also a private
    (non-Usenet) Microsoft based news server which contains a group,
    but which is not programming specific.

    For the purposes of this RFD, Win64 is defined as the application
    programming interface used by 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows.

    It should be noted that traffic would be expected to be fairly
    slight at first, as Win64 programming is in its infancy. However,
    it is very likely that considerable porting and new programming
    effort will ramp up as 64-bit Windows is released, requiring a
    newsgroup quickly. There can be no doubt that Win64 programming
    will be of great commercial importance very quickly.

    CHARTER: comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win64

    The comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win64 newsgroup is for the
    discussion of the following topic areas:
    - The Win64 Application Programming Interface
    - Use of Win64 compatible compilers, assemblers and programming
    - Issues relating to programming of any 64-bit microprocessor
    expected to work with 64-bit Windows, including AMD64/Opteron
    and Intel Itanium/Xeon (Nacona and derivatives)
    - Issues relating to 64-bit versions of any programming language
    designed to work with 64-bit Windows
    - Issues related to the porting of 32 bit software to the Win64
    - Any other discussions related to 64-bit Windows programming.

    Posting of binary files is prohibited, with the exception of PGP
    signatures and similar small binaries.

    Infrequent posting of commercial information relating to Win64
    programming tools and services is allowed. The same posting may
    not be posted more often than monthly. Posting of commercial
    information that is not strongly related to Win64 programming tools
    or services is prohibited. In particular, advertisments for computer
    hardware are not permitted.



    This is a request for discussion, not a call for votes. In this phase
    of the process, any potential problems with the proposed newsgroups
    should be raised and resolved. The discussion period will continue for
    a minimum of 21 days (starting from when the first RFD for this
    proposal is posted to news.announce.newgroups), after which a Call For
    Votes (CFV) may be posted by a neutral vote taker if the discussion
    warrants it. Please do not attempt to vote until this happens.

    All discussion of this proposal should be posted to news.groups.

    This RFD attempts to comply fully with the Usenet newsgroup creation
    guidelines outlined in "How to Create a New Usenet Newsgroup" and "How
    to Format and Submit a New Group Proposal". Please refer to these
    documents (available in news.announce.newgroups) if you have any
    questions about the process.

    This RFD may be distributed freely to other relevant newsgroups or
    maillists, provided the followup line (to news.groups) is unaltered.
    Note that discussion regarding this RFD should be conducted only in


    This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups:


    Proponent: Christian McArdle <>
    Christian McArdle, Jun 8, 2004
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