Are there any providers of mailing lists for open source projects?

I know of the following so far:

  • Savannah
  • Sourceforge

Savannah requires a GPL project (and that is ok), but the process of getting accepted takes forever. SourceForge is getting worse and worse. Never liked it in the first place.

Anything else? Anything better?

  • You could look into google groups: groups.google.com/forum/#!overview , which does (also) function as a traditional mailinglist. This is free as in beer.
    – Martijn
    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:00
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a software recommendation request. Aug 6, 2015 at 10:52
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    It's about a service recommendation question, highly relevant to any serious effort for developing open source software. It's hard to have a universally accessible discussion without a mailing list.
    – user374
    Aug 6, 2015 at 11:02
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    As pointed out the OP, it is actually a service recommendation request. However, I don't see how a request for free (as in beer) stuff is going to be on-topic here no matter how serious and noble the cause, including a "serious effort for developing open source software" . What makes a free mailing list for open source different from a free mailing list for trainspotters? (I'll change my mind if the OP can point out what, beside the purpose, makes an mailing list for open source different). Aug 6, 2015 at 11:02
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    For this to have any chance of being on-topic it would need to have a lot more detailed criteria to judge any suggestions by. As it is, it is an open ended list question, which are off-topic every on the Stack Exchange network. Aug 6, 2015 at 12:07

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If all you want is a mailing list, you could use FreeLists which specifically states that it is not just free as in beer. They use ecartis as a mailing list manager and not Mailman which you might be familiar with, but they are both free as in freedom.