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Commercial; see text.

Current Version: 15.5 (November 28, 2007)

L-Soft International, Inc. produces the LISTSERV line of email list management software for Mac OS X Version 10.4.2 and later. LISTSERV Classic is L-Soft's full-featured email list management software, featuring a high level of flexibility, scalability and performance. LISTSERV Lite is L-Soft's entry-level email list management software, primarily designed for customers with small workloads who do not require the more advanced features of the "Classic" product.

Evaluation copies are limited only in capacity, and are governed by an expiration date. An installation guide is available that explains the installation process.

LISTSERV is available in a variety of sizes and options; LISTSERV Classic runs between $500 and $9,400, whereas LISTSERV Lite runs between $450 - $2,800. See the LISTSERV license page for more information.

Version 15.5 makes a number of usability and other improvements that are fully detailed in the downloadable release notes.

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Finally, take a look at ALEMIA if you think you know that name of an application, but aren't quite sure.

Built Into Mac OS X

Mac OS X has a huge amount of TCP/IP-based server software built into it that I don't specifically cover here. Your "Sharing" Preference Pane allows you to enable and disable these services with a click of the mouse. The software running behind the scenes to provide many of these services is generally of the open source variety. The standard release of Mac OS X includes, among many others:

  • Apache httpd (web server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • Postfix (mail server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • tnftpd (FTP server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • OpenSSH (Secure Shell server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane via "Remote Login" but additionally configurable via selected applications listed on this page).
  • BIND (Domain Name System server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • Samba (Windows file sharing; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • XFree86 (X Window server; enabled via the "X11" application in your "Utilities" folder, if you elected to install it with Mac OS X).

Of course, Mac OS X Server includes many more, in addition to offering more recent versions of many of the above servers.

Related Links

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!