What are the best linux mail servers

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Hi, i've just installed red hat 9.0 and i would like to set it up as a web / mail server. could someone please recomand a mail server for me and the most important thing is that it allows webmail


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Personally, I recommend Postfix as your MTA and use some add-on that is compatible for the Web Mail portion, such as squirrelmail or phpGroupware.

You can read about all of these things at
http://www.postfix.org
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http://www.postfix.org/addon.html

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as i'm a newbie to linux i would like something really easy to administer / install. isnt there an application that has web based mail with it?


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Well, I don't think those are that difficult to manage, or install for that matter.

Simply build postfix and one of the webmail add-ons.

I am not really sure what you might mean by "easy" -- something gui based? The documentation (and support system through it's forums) make postfix one of the easiest MTA's out there, not to mention the lack of arcane runes such as sendmail uses.
Back when I was a sysad and had to manage sendmail, I sometimes felt I had to spin around 3 times and howl at the moon, while chanting in some forgotten language to make it function. Needless to say, I run postfix now for my own mail server. Cake to set up and manage.

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thanks, but does it confilicts with the mail server that came with red hat 9.0. that's the main issue as i dont want to ruin thr configuration. i decided to change from windows server to linux beacuse if i reset windows 5 times a week is few and that causes down time. Do you think it was a wise desition of me to do this thing

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Well yes, you would have to replace sendmail, with postfix.

Or, learn sendmail.

Either way, you can use a webmailer as a plug-in to sendmail as well.

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so i'd use sendmail better and as web based plugin which one do you think is best ?? does send mail have antivirus and anti spam??

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Well yes and no. Webmail requires an imap or pop MDA. Something like qpopper would work -- if it's still around. Been awhile since I had to deal with pop'ing sendmail.
I would do a search for qpopper, install that as your pop MDA. Then you can use something like Squirrelmail as your web front end.

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Use redhat-switch-mail package to switch from sendmail to postfix
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can you please daemonguy explain in more detail!! ??

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tetu wrote:
can you please daemonguy explain in more detail!! ??

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If you do not wish to switch off of sendmail, you require an MDA, or Mail Delivery Agent such as qpopper (it permits pop email access on port 110).

http://qpopper.sourceforge.net

A client could send mail all day long, through smtp port 25, but to receive, you must have a pop or imap client running.

Does that make sense?

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I don't know if you have done this yet...
Redat comes with sendmail...easy enough.
I recently installed a web-based email system on a redhat box called Squirrelmail. http://www.squirrelmail.org
It uses an imap server as well. This turned out not to be a big deal as redhat provides you with dovecot-imap. All you have to do is start it ;-)
/etc/init.d/dovecot start
This way you can use sendmail, and get everything working without a big hassle. I did it within an hour.
Good Luck!!! :D
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if you want webmail, you can try using webmin/usermin with sendmail. not difficult to configure and easy to administer
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i suppose webmin only works with send mail

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