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Subject: Re: MajorDomo MajorCool question.
From: Brent Chapman <Brent @ GreatCircle . COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:04:50 -0700
To: Karl Pearson <karlp @ ourldsfamily . com>
Cc: Majordomo-Users @ greatcircle . com
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[Re-sending this from the right email address, so that it actually gets through to the Majordomo-Users list...  Apologies to those of you who've already seen it.  -Brent]

On Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 10:59 AM, Karl Pearson <karlp @ ourldsfamily . com> wrote:
But, for anyone who has read thus far, I have a question: Is there any
package for managing email groups that is easy to move to which is also
better than Majordomo? Frankly, it's not broken, so I'm not planning a
move at this time, but I've been using MD 1.94.5 for about 15 years now,
and as things have progressed from one server to the next during that
time, the thought crosses my mind that I may need to change email group
server software at some point... It might be nice to have a Linux server
that uses repositories for everything I have. Now that Ubuntu gives
ClamAV and SpamAssassin through repository, I may be tempted to also
switch from the CentOS/RedHat/Fedora flavor to a Ubuntu/Linux Mint/gOS
flavor sometime...

Even I don't use Majordomo 1.94.5 any more, and I wrote the thing...  

A few years ago, I moved all of the lists (including this one, Majordomo-Users @ GreatCircle . com) to the never-released Majordomo2 (which is a total rewrite that I had no involvement with;  However, for the past couple of years, whenever I've set up new sites and new lists, I've used GNU Mailman (, just like seemingly everybody else.

Majordomo2 showed a lot of promise, but the authors have never officially "released" it.  It's close enough to finished for their purposes, and the project seems to have stalled.  If you're comfortable obtaining in-development code from a CVS server, setting it up (including the underlying MySQL database), and running it, then it might be for you.  If you want the installation process to be "apt-get install mj2" (or the RedHat equivalent), then it's definitely not what you're looking for.

Majordomo was useful in its day, and I'm honored that so many people have gotten so much use out of it over the years, but it's way past its "best by" date at this point...


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