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What newsletter application would you recommend? It should handle large lists of recipients, GUI for making the letter and you should be able to make templates for easy re-use.

It should be geared toward people with html/css skills but without programming skills.

It should run on linux, be free and open source.

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All I've seen so far is based on either php/asp and accessible from a browser, that's the kind of thing I'm looking for.

Good point!

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There are already two questions which have discussed this: superuser.com/questions/35743/desktop-mailing-list-management and superuser.com/questions/13683/… –  Doug Harris Oct 2 '09 at 13:42

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There's one I know of:

inwise Desktop:
A complete desktop solution including newsletter subscription and unsubscription facilities. Free if you don't plan to have more than 500 subscribers at any time. They also have an online service which may interest you. I used their software in the past to setup a corporate mailing list for the companies internal mail groups. Worked like a charm and it is my guess they are still using it today.

  • Easy Deployment, simple and quick installation.
  • 3 HTML free templates included to easily create professional & branded messages, send company newsletters and announcements.
  • Excel import and exportyour groups of recipients.
  • Automatic handling of duplicate email addresses – if your mailing list includes duplicate email addresses, the software will not send the same message twice.
  • Bounces Automatically handles bounces.
  • Unsubscribe – Automatically handles unsubscribe requests.
  • A simple, friendly user interfacethat allows you to create professional messages, send newsletters and email messages in few minutes.
  • Personalization features to send messages addressed individually to friends, clients and customers.
  • Graphical real time tracking report - to provide you with details on the reactions your email generates, such as open and clickthrough rates, in order to help you learn about the effectiveness of your campaign. inwise Desktop Real Time Reporting updates your campaign reports immediately.
  • "Can-Spam" compatible - our delivery mechanism follows the "Can-Spam" standards and handles any bounces and unsubscribe requests and automatically updates your data bases.
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Scribus is an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design.

Underneath a modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as color separations, CMYK and Spot Color support, ICC color management, and versatile PDF creation.

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Are you looking for a desktop application!? That almost seems to 1990s, but then again I'm really not into newsletters. If you can get past my smart-ass response, I think MailChimp (http://www.mailchimp.com) is a very good newsletter alternative. They have free and paid subscriptions and it's super easy to use.

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If you'll chose inwise's solution for email marketing, their's email marketing service (Saas - software as a service) is better than the desktop I think. You can create a free account - www.inwise.com

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