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Re: ****How to setup a Linux mail server?

On 1/2/07, Craig White <craigwhite azapple com> wrote:
On Tue, 2007-01-02 at 17:02 +0000, Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Tuesday 02 January 2007 16:14, Craig White wrote:
> > On Tue, 2007-01-02 at 10:13 +0000, Anne Wilson wrote:
> > > On Tuesday 02 January 2007 04:08, Craig White wrote:
> > > > 2. I would recommend brennan's home server howto...
> > > >
> > > > http://www.brennan.id.au/
> > > >
> > > > this uses sendmail/dovecot, neither of which I use but you gotta start
> > > > somewhere
> > >
> > > Dovecot has the advantage of good on-line documentation - and a mailing
> > > list if required.
> >
> > ----
> > and perfectly acceptable for those who want to run their own mail
> > server.
> >
> True - and because the documentation is good it's not hard to set up.  I
> collect from several email addresses for myself and my husband with
> fetchmail, then pass it to procmail for sorting and delivering.  Dovecot then
> runs the imap for both of us.
> Another advantage to some people is its ability to handle both pop and imap.
> > cyrus-imapd however, is mail server for those who want it all (mail
> > quotas, public mailboxes (a rich ACL environment), auto subscribe, auto
> > sieve, auto create (folders), high performance, non-shell users, etc.
> >
> Also comes well-recommended, though I've not used it myself.
dovecot, like the wu-imapd that it replaced on Fedora/RHEL and
cyrus-imapd are all capable of pop3 so I am not sure that there is any
distinction there.

procmail is sort of an abortion that requires the user to have a valid
shell whereas sieve implementation via cyrus-imapd is perfectly capable
of running server based filtering for virtual users (non-shell) that
exist even without a home directory. In exchange for less power than
procmail, you get usability with sieve.

Monster features of cyrus-imapd include (beyond those listed above),
automatic indexing of users mailboxes for fast searching, automatic
expiration (I typically have it expire e-mail from people's spambox
after 7 days), and when combined in a package like horde/imp/ingo
described below, users can share their INBOX or other mail folders with
other users as well as maintain their own server based rules/filters
(i.e. vacation), without administrator involvement.

I typically set up postfix*, sqlgrey[1], mailscanner[2], spamassassin*,
clamav**, horde/imp/ingo/kronolith/mnemo/nag/turba/wicked[3], at my
clients for a robust, multi-user mail system that includes shared
mail/calendars/notes/tasks with minimal spam. I also use OpenLDAP* for
user accounts, personal and shared address books and webmin[4] to
maintain the user accounts (single password for
Linux/Macintosh/Samba-Windows user authentication) as webmin has a
reasonably useful LDAP Users and Groups module.

*   packaged Fedora/RHEL core
**  packaged rpmforge
[1] http://sqlgrey.sourceforge.net/ (Greylisting for Postfix)
[2] http://www.mailscanner.info/    (Mail wrapper & more)
[3] http://www.horde.org            (Web based groupware)
horde     - framework package
imp       - e-mail client
ingo      - sieve/procmail filtering
kronolith - calendar
mnemo     - notes
nag       - tasks
turba     - address book
wicked    - wiki
[4] http://www.webmin.com           (Web based system management)

You can also follow this instructions
I am sure it will work on Fedora, follow only the email part.

Guillermo Garron
"Linux IS user friendly... It's just selective about who its friends are."
(Using FC6, CentOS4.4 and Ubuntu 6.06)

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