Is the intent of this site to stick to a core Unix functionality and not go into topics like firewalls? It seems like there is some cross-over with serverfault.com when you start getting into some topics.

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This site technically has 100% crossover with SU (it's a subset of the questions allowed there), so I wouldn't worry about potential SF crossover.

What exactly do you mean by "topics like firewalls"? A question like this I would definitely consider on-topic here:

How do I write an iptables rule to do X

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    Should have been clearer. I was thinking along the lines of @xenoterracide when you have networking questions which go beyond syntax. Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 1:21
  • I don't agree it has 100% crossover with SU. I think it also has crossover with SF. SU and SF themselves have some crossover. If I have a Unix-ish question, I'm often not sure if I should ask it on SU or SF. But if it's a Unix-ish question, I know it will be adequate here. And according to some of the SE coordinators, Crossover isn't necessarily a problem. Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 17:36
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    @Stefan: Writing shell or Perl scripts for system administration could easily belong here or on Stack Overflow or both. There's a lot of overlap. Commented Sep 2, 2010 at 16:27

Um... depends obviously it should be related to a firewall on a unix/linux system (PF and iptables comes to mind. no cisco questions) I'd think it should be more syntax than anything. Though personally I think the Network guys deserve there own Q&A site like this area51 proposal. Because networking isn't really Servers. IMO SF and SU are TOO general.

  • SU used to be even more broad than it is now; it was essentially a free-for-all place to shove all the non-programming questions that kept getting posted to SO Commented Aug 10, 2010 at 21:01

My feeling would be that questions specifically relating to Linux and Unix systems would be on topic, so I'd be comfortable with questions on configuring Unix/Linux systems. Once the questions leave the box, I'd consider them off-topic.

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