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Re: Fedora 6 Advice

Derek Manson wrote:
Good morning everyone,

I am seeking some advice on how to move forward with our plans to
integrate Fedora 6 into our network. We are a small town ISP currently
running in an all Windows network. Moving into this new year we are
discovering that our costs to run this type of network is getting very
costly. We are looking to move our entire services to Linux and preferably
Fedora. I have done a bit here and there with Fedora 5 and 6, however, not
to this large of scale. My question is how and where should I be looking
to get a really good understanding of how to operate in Fedora 6? We are
needing to setup a Fedora an email and web solution rather soon. I have
read a number of tutorials, forums and even some published books, I just
need a bit more. Any suggestions?

Derek M.

The Fedora/RHEL question is your choice after all because you have to consider bugets. As for the services I'm not the Wizard of Oz but I'm doing kinda the same thing and I'm using

mysql and postgresql for databases
qmail providing smtp and pop3 flavoured with:
   vpopmail for virtual domains
   spamassassin for antispam
   clamav as mail antivirus
   courier imap for imap(s) (gee I guess you haven't seen that coming :) )
   squirell for webmail
   courierpass to let outside users change their passwords via webmail
   qmailadmin and vqadmin to administer the email domains and accounts
you should also patch qmail before compiling with various patches, including the ISP patch ;) bind for dns (although I promised myself months ago that I should install Dan Bernstein's djb-dns that I recommend to you too)
apache to serve http
ssh of course
vsftp with a tight update schedule
nagios for monitoring
iptables as firewall
squid as IDS
given the circumstances you should (or not) install a cpanel solution to provide outside users access to their domain configuration. I didn't for example. I don't like things set-up on my server that I don't know about :)

Again this is not a certified solution but it's free, gives the biggest number of facilities while using the most secure software (and I am especially talking about the qmail part) and it's working great for me. No bugs, no errors, no hacking, no perspiration. I feel I'm forgetting something but I'm sure somebody will fill in the gaps rapidly

Good luck

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