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I am a sysadmin! I do have development experience, but when a customer comes
to me and asks me to install mailing list software, I have an obligation to
install a product which does exactly what my
customer wants within a reasonable time frame. What I do not have time to do
is spend excessive amounts of time rewriting parts of code which do not work
for whatever reason.
I do fully understand the concept of open source software and in fact have
recently been looking for a project that I can help develop. I guess what I
am saying, is that I am not saying that mj2 is
a poor product, or even that mj1 is. It's just that by not releasing or
publicly advertising new versions you may be loosing users like myself. When
I was asked to install mailing list software, I
did a search and all I came up with for mj was v1.9.5.
Why not release mj2 as it is now, sure, it may have an extensive wishlist,
but why not have that ready for v2.5 of something. You may find you get more
users using it. Also, I admit that I installed
a beta version of mailman, but this took a lot of soul searching to do. As a
sysadmin, do I want to answer to my customers when I install what might
effectively be a buggy version? So long as what
you have is stable (and preferably can be proven as stable) people will use
it. In fact, within an hour of installing mailman, I found a rather nasty
As I have said above, I have recently been looking for an open source
product that I can help develop. I have quite a bit of experience (c. 5
years) developing perl and cgi based web applications
and some experience in a lot of other languages (c, c++, java, etc). Is Mj2
still being written in Perl? If so, is there a list of things which need
working on? Would you developers like some help?
I sure am willing to offer it. I do not have a lot of time to spare, but I
would like to get involved if thats possible?
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