Evaluating Unix-based mailing list software
Asked by: pnoeric-ga
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11 Nov 2002 13:38 PST
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Question ID: 105524
I need a good piece of mailing list software to run on a Unix box. It must have these features: 1. Easy to operate an annoucement-only list (not too hard to configure as annoucement-only) 2. Intelligent handling of bounced messages 3. Totally easy web interface OR email-based interface-- a way for admins to directly subscribe someone to the list, etc. It can be email-based since I can write a PHP front-end to generate emails with subscribe commands, etc to go to the software. 4. Not incredibly difficult to install or adminstrate. 5. Cheap or free (open source) - plenty of those out there! I'm helping a client get this set up and they do not have tech-savvy folks on staff. So once it's installed on their server, I don't want to have to work with it again and they shouldn't need to fuss with it much either. thanks, Eric
Re: Evaluating Unix-based mailing list software
Answered By: majortom-ga on 11 Nov 2002 18:21 PST
I recommend GNU Mailman, based on direct experience. In response to your specific concerns: > 1. Easy to operate an annoucement-only list (not too hard to configure > as annoucement-only) See the following message explaining a straightforward way to set this up: http://mail.python.org/pipermail/mailman-developers/1999-May/005637.html > 2. Intelligent handling of bounced messages GNU mailman has built-in support for bounce handling, including the ability to automatically disable mail to chronic bouncers. > 3. Totally easy web interface OR email-based interface-- a way for > admins to directly subscribe someone to the list, etc. It can be > email-based since I can write a PHP front-end to generate emails with > subscribe commands, etc to go to the software. Mailman sets up a straightforward web interface. The host creates lists using a simple shell command, and specifies the address of the moderator at that time. Moderators can then log into the web interface and administer the list fully. I have been able to create lists for third parties and pretty much forget about it. > 4. Not incredibly difficult to install or adminstrate. I was able to install the software in about an hour. My experience level is fairly high, but what is more significant is that I have not had to touch it again since the initial installation. > 5. Cheap or free (open source) - plenty of those out there! GNU mailman is of course GPL (free and open source). Thanks for the opportunity to answer your question! If you encounter any major bumps on the road feel free to request clarification.
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