[K12OSN] squirrelmail

Jim Kronebusch jim at winonacotter.org
Wed Aug 1 20:45:04 UTC 2007

On Wed, 01 Aug 2007 11:09:32 -0700, Huck wrote
> is it secure enough to be used as a mail portal for staff wishing to 
> access their e-mail from home?
> I'm inherently distrustful of allowing access to any internal servers 
> from off-campus.
> --Huck

I have used Squirrel mail for a few years now.  It isn't as pretty as some of the other
options but the amount of add-ons available for it is what pushed me in this direction.
 I needed ways to customize and allow users the ability to manage their own spam
settings, whitelist and blacklists, and to be able to do different themes by domain and
such.  This made squirrelmail about my only option.  I do find it to be fairly light
weight on my server (I serve about 1000 users on different domains from a single 1Ghz
PIII with 1GB RAM without any trouble at all).

But if you need a prettier interface and not many options I think there are better
choices.  For our school I run OpenWebMail but the perl scripts seem to take a little
extra processing power than I would like to see, however this isn't a big deal if it is
on a dedicated server.  I like that OpenWebMail has a built in tool for users to work
with files in their home directories and allows them to attach a file from their home
directory directly from webmail at home, or to use it as an FTP alternative.

Horde is pretty nice (as long as you choose a decent color scheme :-)  I think it is
also very light weight and is a little prettier than Squirrel Mail.   

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