Lecture: Project Lancelot: Mailing List Management Done Right


In a world of web forums, who needs mailing lists? We do! Mailing lists are convenient, simple and austerely beautiful. However, most mailing list management software sucks, too! We present Project Lancelot: A new(ish) mailing list manager combining simplicity, modularity and awesome power in a compelling package. Its flexible design makes it easy to go where no other mailing list software has gone before.

Most mailing list management packages are weirdly inaccessible, overly fat, permanently half-finished or have been in a catatonic state for years. The world needs a mailing list manager that is easy to deploy, easy to manage, easy to adapt and easy to extend. This is Project Lancelot. Want an announcement list that only accepts GnuPG-signed submissions from certain people? A mailing list whose subscribers are stored in an LDAP directory? A web front-end that lets users manage their subscriptions to all of your lists on the same page? A set of simple, Unix-like management commands for your mailing lists? Easy creation of new lists without having to be a mail server administrator? Then Project Lancelot is for you.

In this talk, we give an overview of Project Lancelot's strengths, demonstrate how to use, deploy, and manage mailing lists, show very briefly its design and implementation, and present its new companion, Project Guinevere – an innovative web-based front end for mailing list users and administrators.


Day: 2011-08-20
Start time: 10:00
Duration: 01:00
Track: System Administration


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