Kevin Philp wrote:
> LWN has an interesting article http://lwn.net/Articles/196724/ the
> amusing thing is that although Postfix scores highest on the guys own
> scoring system.....he still recommends Exim. That is then followed by a
> series of notes as various people fight for their personal favourite.
Of course, equally important is which editor you use to edit your
files. Postfix is only compatibly with files edited with vim, whereas
exim requires all files to be edited with pico. Sendmail files can be
edited with the emacs operating system, and using any other editor can
result in excommunication from your church.
Not only that, but it's important that great thought and consideration
goes into which distro you edit your files and run your mailserver on.
While gentoo provides extra bass boost for all your Ogg Vorbis media
files, Redhat has better vim (and scouring properties in general.)
Running postfix on a CentOS platform and editing files using nano may
result in all your e-mail being hidden behind the fridge for months, or
if you're running it on a laptop, being slightly chewed by an army of
The above paragraphs are complete nonsense, and an attempt to
illustrate that perhaps one of the greatest things about the Linux
platform and the Open Source movement in general is that it gives us
choice. You can use whatever distro, editor, mail platform or web
browser you like, and in real terms, none are better than any other -
they are all just different. Some are better for some tasks than others.
I, for one, enjoy the fact that I can set up a mailserver tomorrow safe
in the knowledge that not only will sendmail, postfix, exim or qmail
most likely do a perfectly adequate job, but also that since standards
are in place, I can communicate with everyone else's e-mail systems too,
no matter what I or they choose.
FWIW, I typically use postfix on my own servers and exim on work
servers. I have used sendmail and qmail extensively in the past. They
are all good.
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