[brlug-general] Linux based mail server
ray at ops.selu.edu
Tue Apr 13 22:54:38 CDT 2004
On Tue, 13 Apr 2004, Giovanni Tairov wrote:
> Would anyone please suggest a decent and manageable Linux based mail
> server? I would greatly appreciate your input or personal experience
> story. Not to inflict a hell fire upon myself, but, the question is still
> valid: with Microsoft selling their standard version of Exchange 2003 for
> $297 plus 1.70 per client, why would I look somewhere else?
Sure. Install any linux distro which should come with a recent version of
sendmail and pop/imap servers. Give it an ip/dns address. Then add your
users, set passwords, and you're good. That should work out of the box
with most distros. Some may advise against sendmail as it can be a bear
to configure. But properly configured, it runs and runs well. (sendmail
is like unix...you can learn the basics in a few hours, and spend the rest
of your life learning the rest).
When you want to get fancy, add mimedefang, spamassassin and clamav.
This will give you attachment blocking, spam scoring, and virus scanning.
All open source, and free. You could also use helo checks, greylisting,
and RBLs to further reduce your spam/virus intake. mimedefang is very
flexible if you're not afraid of coding a little perl.
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