[Zope] Need information about Zope Products

Chris McDonough chrism@zope.com
Wed, 19 Jun 2002 13:36:59 -0400

Hi Phil,

> ******BULK MAIL******
> Zope seems to be pretty robust in its mail tools (Zmail in,
support for POP3
> and IMAP, as well as the sendmail tag) but I could not find a
product that
> provides listserv functionality. I also noticed that zope.org
itself uses
> mailman (e.g., http://lists.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope-dev).
Should I
> stick to mailman, or is there a product to do this?

Mailman is very mature and well-tested (read: scalable), and
although it's not a Zope product and is not integrated with Zope, it
is also written in Python.  (It is actually maintained mostly by
Barry Warsaw, a Zope/Pythonlabs employee).  It's a good tool that
has one (minor but sometimes annoying) limitation: subscriber logins
cannot be shared between maillists.  So if you have many
Mailman-based maillists, people need to manage their logins and
preferences for each separately.  It also has a fairly weak archiver
(Pipermail) that has no search capability.  But it's an excellent
tool.  See this review:

Stephan Richter has written "ZMailman" which aims to integrate
Mailman into Zope:
http://www.zope.org/Members/srichter/Products/ZMailman .  It doesn't
look like its under active development, though.

There is at least one other Zope-based maillist programs:  MailBoxer
at http://www.zope.org/Members/mjablonski/MailBoxer .


- C