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I am thinking of moving away from my Microsoft email account and going open source, so to speak. I do not want google, bing, yahoo, AOL, or any other major email service. I wish to have freedom an privacy when it comes to my email. Does any one have any ideas?
I recall seeing a "LinuxMail" service YEARS ago, not sure if it still exists.
It really sounds like you might want to look into setting up your own mail server. If you have a hosting package (in this case a Linux based hosting package) you can do it right through your website (ie: Nbiser@Nbiser.com).
If you want to set up your own mail server, be sure to check your ISP's terms of service.
Some of them require a business account in order approve a server of any sort. That doesn't mean you can't have one without a business account, but it might open you up to running afoul of the TOS folks if you get noticed.
I used to use someone else before I moved and self-hosted my blog there for several years with no difficulty; their terms of services said "no hosting services." My current ISP's terms of service for a home connection says, "no servers" and they are actively hostile, for example blocking standard ports, such as 80 and 25 (blocking port 25 is pretty common as a spam control measure; many ISPs do it for that reason).
There's at least one member of LUG who has his own mail server and I happen to know he has a business account with the local cable ISP.
You would also need either a static ip address (which normally comes with a business account) or a dynamic DNS service such as no-ip.com (full disclosure: I was a satisfied no-ip.com customer for five years).
I guess all I am suggesting is do your homework and proceed with caution.
In which case, I think your own website with an associated e-mail address is probably your best bet.
I don't actively use my website's e-mail and haven't done so in years (c. 2004). Back then I had serious trouble with spam though, so you might want to check to see if the host in question provides any kind of spam blocker. Of course, the past 10 years of tech may have solved that problem already.
I researched the options that you gave me, and looked at email services in general, and have decided to go with the mail.com service. It may not be as good as email from my own website, but it is still better than a Microsoft account. Thanks for the suggestions!
Distribution: CentOS 6 on my desktop, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my server, Ubuntu 12.04 on my netbook and the wife's PC
Sorry for the late reply. I recently setup an account at lavabit.com. The feature I like is that email is encrypted with MY key when stored on the server. This has some obvious advantages. The email could still be captured when on them move unless it is encrypted. For the princely sum of $8 US per year for a personal account I could not pass it up.
p.s. lavabit had suspended new accounts a while back but as of a couple of weeks ago they were open for new business.
@taylorkh: It's a shame that lava bit isn't accepting new users......I might've gone with them.
@carlosinfl: Thanks for the suggestion, but once again, I'm afraid that I can't do that. For one thing, my only source of internet connection is a mobile hotspot, which isn't the most stable internet solution........it turns off every 5 to 30 minutes, which means that it would be hard to check my email from somewhere other than home.