comp.* groups discuss various computer, technology, and programming issues. Some groups can even offer peer-to-peer technical support.
Partial list of comp.* groups
|Bulletin board system system discussion and advertisement
|Digital signal processing
|Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
|assembly language for x86-based computer systems.
|C programming language
|C++ programming language
|Java programming language help
|Perl programming language
|Python programming language
|Linux operating system
|Minix operating system
|Miscellaneous discussion of programming
|All aspects of robots and their applications
|Academic, government and industry research in robotics
|MathWorks calculation and visualization package
|any computer sources
|Requests for software and bug fixes
|Theoretical computer science
|Ergodic theory and dynamical systems
|X window system
|KDE desktop environment
|Postings of public-domain sources for Unix. (Moderated)
|Discussion about Sun Microsystems NeWS and PostScript related technologies.
It often got hijacked by users that weren't aware of the original purpose of the group, believing it was a newsgroup about Windows and Microsoft. This often led to flame wars between the long time users, who were upset from this situation, and the unaware users.