[Mailman-Users] The last release from the GNU Mailman project (was: Handling Munged From Addresses)

Stephen J. Turnbull turnbull.stephen.fw at u.tsukuba.ac.jp
Sat Feb 29 02:28:15 EST 2020


Phil Stracchino writes:
 > On 2020-02-28 05:44, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:

 > > str in Python 1, and the history of Mailman as an MLM for an American
 > > rock band (who needs no steekin' accents, we just hammer and bend the
 > > strings!)
 > 
 > This is clearly a story I didn't know.  :)  And now I'm curious...

John Viega was a friend of somebody in the Dave Matthews Band, maybe
Matthews himself.  In the mid-90s, they needed a mailing list to tell
people where they were playing, John didn't like any of the MLMs
available, so he wrote Mailman.  For more info, you'd have to chase
down John or Barry Warsaw, I think.  Maybe Mark knows more.

Barry wrote a chapter on Mailman in "The Architecture of Open Source
Applications", there is some historical stuff in there.  And
https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=dave+matthews+band+GNU+Mailman
brings up a bunch of relevant-looking links.

Thanks for asking, I may have to follow some of those myself!

Steve

P.S. It is a great story, and a great advert for free/open source
software!



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