[Mailman-Users] Cobalt RaQ Mailman HOWTO (for the archives)

Chris Hedemark chris at yonderway.com
Tue Nov 26 07:07:09 CET 2002

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This message is for the archives, as it seems every couple of days I 
get someone emailing me asking for a HOWTO I supposedly wrote on the 
subject (thanks to my good friend John Carnes who posted that back on 
Apr 23, 2002)

I have not written a HOWTO on how to get Mailman to work on the Cobalt 
RaQ.  I have gotten it to work, on a consulting basis, and it worked 
fine (though it does not install like a normal system).  I'm happy to 
do it again on a consulting basis, but really don't have the time to 
write a book on the subject.  Hopefully this message will come up in 
searches before the other one.

For those of you considering PURCHASING a Cobalt RaQ for the purpose of 
running Mailman, please don't.  I'm not referring to any fault of 
Mailman, but the RaQ can be thought of like a toaster.  A toaster will 
apply heat to toast for a certain amount of time and eject the finished 
toast.  That's all a toaster does, but it does it really well.  
Toasters make lousy coffee machines.  IMHO, you'll save yourself some 
$$$ and aggravation if you purchase kit that runs a more standardized 
version of Linux, *BSD, Solaris, etc.  For about $1,000 you can have a 
really stellar 1U rackmount machine running a more standardized OS 
flavor and move more mail in less time than the low performance RaQ 
hardware.  If you're going to run really mondo huge high traffic 
mailing lists, the RaQ isn't going to keep up with your demands anyway. 
  So no matter how you slice it, the RaQ is not a cost effective 
platform for deploying Mailman.  I have other beefs with the platform 
that I won't get into here because they aren't Mailman specific.  Yes, 
I can get it to work.  No, I wouldn't promote this as a good platform 
for your mailing list server.

Chris Hedemark
Hillsborough, NC

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