Hope you're keeping well!
saw your post on ILUG today about mailservers. The link you got to help
with setting up sendmail is very useful, but i would *personally* recommend
against sendmail unless you have a particular reason to use it. Other
mail-server options are:
Which one you pick is a personal/religious choice ;-)
The reasons to pick any one of these rather than sendmail are:
They are smaller.
They tend to be more secure.
They are generally easier to configure.
I have used postfix, and exim. I found postfix nice and easy to use
(sendmail was very baffling for this beginner). I chose it because it
was the alternative mail server provided by SuSE and was not up to
installing qmail by hand. Recently I have started using exim, and have
to say that it is very easy to use. Exim is the default server provided
with Debian linux. Qmail is reputedly good, though i haven't used it.
I think someone on list mentioned that it was a bit non-standard (in the
sense of not sticking to GNU/Linux-norms), which would not surprise me
after installing some of the author's other software.
In any case, many distros (certainly debian) will ask you a few
pertinent questions during install which should give you a useful
configuration (at least one you can start from).
Note also, that you will probably need to
run both a mail server (in the sense of a mail transfer agent (MTA)
which sends mail offsite, and receives incoming mail) and a pop3 server
which people can connect to with their mail clients to receive their
incoming mail. An alternative to pop3 is imap.
Links which might be of interest:
The Linux Electronic Mail Administrator HOWTO
(I think Niall posted this too)
Hugh Sasse's Electronic Mail Related Information Page
This page has lots and lots of mail-related links.
I'll cc this on list so others can pick up my mistakes/heresies,
mail me if you want any more info/help
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