RELEASED Mailman 2.1 - final

Barry A. Warsaw
Tue, 31 Dec 2002 17:29:54 -0500

After nearly two years of development, we are happy to announce the
release of GNU Mailman 2.1.  Mailman is free software that enables
users to manage email mailing lists and e-newsletters.  Its integrated
web interface provides easy-to-use access for list members and list
administrators.  Mailman supports built-in archiving, automatic bounce
processing, content filtering, digest delivery, spam filters, and

Mailman 2.1 is fully internationalized, supporting 17 languages
out-of-the-box.  A summary of additional new features in Mailman 2.1
is outlined below.  The NEWS file in the source distribution contains
more details about all the new features.

For more information on Mailman, including downloading and
installation instructions, please visit one of the following mirror

The Mailman developers wish to thank for their sponsorship
of several Mailman 2.1 features, Zope Corporation for their support,
and the entire Mailman community for their contributions.

-Barry Warsaw
Pythonlabs, Zope Corporation

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- Multi-lingual support for all web pages and Mailman generated email
  notices, with languages selectable on a per-site, per-list, and
  per-user basis.

- Through-the-web list creation and removal; (with automatic support
  depending on the MTA)

- "Real name" support for members

- Improved simple user-task operation (e.g. no passwords required for
  subscription and unsubscription).

- Support for personalized deliveries and VERP-like message delivery
  for foolproof bounce detection

- Emergency moderation

- MIME-based content-filtering, with demime/stripmime-like options

- Regular expression based topic-filtering

- Better membership management, including searching

- Re-organized administrative requests pages

- Moderated newsgroup support

- A new architecture for the mail delivery subsystem, removing
  dependence on cron, resulting in improved responsiveness and

- New moderation and privacy controls

- Invitations

- Autoresponse governors

- Users can now change some delivery options globally, for all lists
  at a site, including their password, delivery status, real name, and

- Improved MIME and I18n support in the archiver

- Addition of a separate "list moderator" role

- Urgent: header support (bypasses digests to reach all users