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Best Linux Mailing List Managers

Best Linux Mailing List Managers

An electronic mailing list offers the ability to efficiently distribute information to many internet users. It is similar in some ways to a traditional mailing list.

Electronic mailing lists are normally automated using dedicated mailing software and a reflector address. Mailing lists are often used as a two-way method of discussion between interested parties, or a one-way dissemination of information where only selected individuals can make posts.

Mailing lists provide a popular method of information exchange for both Linux developers and users. For example, the Linux kernel mailing list gets a high volume of traffic, acting as a focal point for sharing patches, discussing implementation details, reporting bugs, and new features. Many promiment companies participate in these discussions including Intel, IBM, Oracle, and VMware.

Mailing list software enables users to manage electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists. There is a good range of mature open source mailing list software available for the Linux platform.

Spammers unfortunately try to obtain the lists of subscribers to mailing lists. Good mailing list software seeks to thwart the spammers' activities. Mailing lists can accept email from non-subscribers. To prevent spam being posted to subscribers, mailing list servers employ layers of spam blocking and filtering.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 6 valuable open source mailing list managers. All of these tools are released under a freely distributable license.

So let's explore the 6 mailing list managers at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Mailing List Managers
Mailman Manage electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists
Sympa Scalable and highly customizable modern mailing list manager
Dada Mail Mature and intuitive web-based e-mail list management system
ezmlm-idx Highly automated mailing list manager
Majordomo Perl based mailing list manager
SmartList Versatile and intelligent list processor

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