[Mailman-Users] Hosted Mailman or roll your own ?

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Fri Apr 4 21:51:08 CEST 2008

Jon Hind wrote:
> SO I was wondering if any others have made the switch from running a closed
>mailman system to one of their own ? And for one list is it worth it ?

It depends what kind of infrastructure you already have. You need to
have or have access to a server which meets the following requirements:

Is connected to the internet with a fixed IP address.
Has a domain name.
Has rDNS to to that domain name.
Is available on the internet at least most of the time.

Without the above, you won't be able to reliably send and receive mail.
If you have that, and have 'root access' to that server, and that
server has (or you can install) an MTA and a web server, then you can
install Mailman and have it work.

Is it worth it for one list? No, unless there is a significant 'hobby
project' component.

Note: I switched about 4 years ago from managing a few Topica exchange
lists to hosting them on a self-installed Mailman, but I already had
root access to a server that hosted web and email applications for the

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