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Date:      Thu, 5 Feb 2009 09:26:03 -0700
From:      Geoff Fritz <gfritz@gmail.com>
To:        Jean-Paul Natola <jnatola@familycareintl.org>
Cc:        questions@FreeBSD.org
Subject:   Re: newsletter APP NOT listserve
Message-ID:  <20090205162603.GA36947@dev.null>
In-Reply-To: <3A85D7EF44E1C744BF6434691F5659E9015E411A@www.fcimail.org>
References:  <3A85D7EF44E1C744BF6434691F5659E9015E411A@www.fcimail.org>

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On Thu, Feb 05, 2009 at 09:31:56AM -0500, Jean-Paul Natola wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a newsletter application , preferably where I can just
> have an ordinary user login via a webpage , upload a file/message/ and click
> send?
> 
> I was playing with mailman , but that seems to be a list serve app.

I've been using phplist for a couple of years on a client's site.  It has
click stats, a decent web interface, relatively easy to get up and running,
and the performance is pretty good.

It is a little top-heavy, though, since it requires apache/php/mysql.
However, after enabling mysql query caching and adding eaccelerator into
the mix, it runs fairly well.  My last send clocked in at 47k messages per
hour on a 2.8GHz dual-core Pentium-D, using postfix as the local MTA.

I like the fact that it will automatically prune the list membership after
a user-configurable number of bounces.  Filter the bounce catcher account,
though, as spam will make your DB grow to insane sizes and bog it down.

It's not the best package in the world, but it's the only comperable
open source package that I know of.  I hope to hear of alternatives in
this thread.

-- Geoff



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