[Mailman-Developers] Re: [Mailman-Announce] A book on Mailman? Opinions, please.

Ian A B Eiloart iane at sussex.ac.uk
Mon Nov 10 05:24:15 EST 2003

--On Friday, November 7, 2003 11:44 am -0800 Martin Streicher 
<martin.streicher at apress.com> wrote:

> Dear Mailman Users:
> My name is Martin Streicher, and I am the Editor for Open Source books at
> Apress (http://www.apress.com). I am considering publishing a book on
> Mailman and would like to hear your opinions.
> Briefly, the book would be very focused on Mailman, would be about
> 150-200 pages, and would sell for less than $20. The book would be very
> hands-on, something you would keep in your lap and work through as you
> installed and configured Mailman with the MTA and web browser of your
> choice. Then the book would switch to a problem-solution section, useful
> for when you are troubleshooting or adding features to your
> configuration, or trying to help users manage their Mailman accounts.
> My questions:
> 1/ Is such a book needed, and what is it's potential?

Probably not. It shouldn't be that hard to configure it.

> 2/ If it is needed, what information should it include? What problems
> come up time and again?
> 3/ Should it only be about Mailman, or should it include ezmlm, Mailman,
> and Majordomo?

Mailman only. No point in having a book covering mailing list managers that 
I don't use. However, a feature comparison might be useful.

> 4/ Finally, what other topics in system administration might fit this
> format -- short, project-oriented, solutions -- well?


> Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to your replies. Please
> send replies to martin at apress.com. I will post a summary of all replies
> so as to share the info, but not clutter the list in the interim.
> Martin
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Ian Eiloart
Servers Team
Sussex University ITS

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