Michael Watterson wrote:
>>> The disadvantage is you need to keep up to date with patches, security,
> test to make sure no-one can relay. I'm not getting paid to run an ISP
> at home so that's why I take advantage of the ISP(s) mail server(s) and
> make my mail server pretend to be a client (no open inward ports). The
> speed is a red herring. Anything needed fast use IM, phone, FTP, Fax
> etc, not email.
>> Nowadays unless you are HUGE or an ISP you don't want to expose an email
> Server on the Internet.
That wouldn't be a major problem for Tim. From previous posts he seems
pretty diligent in keeping his distros up to date.
Speed isn't an issue either. If you are receiving a large mail then it
arrives via your downstream. If you are sending a large mail then you
would be aware of the limitations of your upstream.
Relaying is disabled by default on installation. At least with my
experiences with Ubuntu and Fedora 7.
Incidentally my own web site and mail server are running here at home on
eircom DSL. I have experienced no problems so far other than a couple of
router failures. My web server is Fedora 7 and mail is Ubuntu 6.06. In
the last 18 months I have been running this config I usually receive
between 4 and 10 failed relay attempts per week. All from Hinet in Taiwan.
It's not a major issue running your own mail and web server from home,
especially if you are only serving up your own site.
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