Last Saturday was the 20th birthday of Sympa, the mailing list management software.

Marc, who recently took over leadership of the community, organized a hackathon to help define the future of the product. I went there as an external observer and Free Software cheerleader, met a few new people and chatted with the attendees.

Sympa is quite a complex beast because it provides a huge number of features and the codebase is rather old. The interface shows its age too. The team laid plans to rework both the front and backend. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the mockups from Quentin implemented.