[Mailman-Users] How old is the Mailman project?

Brad Knowles brad at shub-internet.org
Fri May 8 06:15:52 CEST 2009

on 5/7/09 6:47 PM, alexander at nautae.eti.br said:

> How old is the Mailman project?

The first public mention of Mailman that I know of was at the 7th 
International Python Conference in November of 1998.  See 
<http://www.python.org/workshops/1998-11/proceedings.html> and 
<http://myriadicity.net/Sundry/mailman_ip7.pdf>.  There was also a talk 
given at the 12th LISA conference in December of 1998, see 

The official announcement of availability for version 1.0 was in July of 
1999, see 

Of course, development on Mailman preceded these dates by some time, as 
explained by Ken Manheimer at <http://myriadicity.net/Sundry/MyMailmanRole>.

So, it all depends on what you want to choose as the official birthdate 
for Mailman.

> Is there any historical information? Where?

The WikiPedia page at <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Mailman> has 
some information and links to some other pages.

I'm not aware of any other page that tries to gather together any of the 
early history of Mailman.

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