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Old 12-10-2003, 09:27 PM   #1
drencken
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Which Linux to use for webmail?


I'm the new systems manager. We are running Red Hat 7.1 for our smpt and webmail. Upgrading to the current RedHat is not cost effective as we are a county government. What can I change to that is low cost but will run the services we need? I've looked at Mandrake but cannot determine what I would need. My background is UNIX. I am also new not only to Linux but to webmail as well.

Thanks
 
Old 12-10-2003, 09:52 PM   #2
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DEBIAN LINUX

http://www.debian.org/
 
Old 12-10-2003, 09:53 PM   #3
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I think you should use Knoppix, a Debian live-on distribution. Check on www.apt-get.org and www.debian.org (and a little google search) if webmail is supported. SMPT is definitely supported. Then, get ISO images in www.knoppix.org (one ISO image), burn on a CD, insert, reboot and voilá, you have Knoppix set up. Then you can install on a harddisk using 'knx-hdinstall'. Before you install you can test all services and if they don't work, no changes will be done to your current system.
 
Old 12-10-2003, 10:46 PM   #4
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knoppix is sweet for the bleeding-edge workstation, but it is NOT a very good choice for a server (we ARE talking about servers, right?)... you need something more "serious" and "proven" on a server...

debian linux is used on mission-critical systems by LOTS of companies and governments...

you can get a glimpse here (along with text descriptions):

http://www.debian.org/users/


(i say "glimpse" because a lot of folks simply don't say they are using linux, so they can keep one-step ahead of the competition that's still paying for those crazy licenses from "you-know-who")


debian has PLENTY of advantages over other distros...

but before i get flamed, i'd like to make it clear that there is no "best" distro... it all depends on what you want and what you need and what your taste is and what your budget is etc...

having said that, what most people appreciate about debian is how obsessed the debian development community is with STABILITY AND SECURITY... those are the main driving factors behind debian... other distros give priority to other factors such as "ease of use" and "marketability" (does that word exist?) and "bleeding-edge" and "coolest window manager" etc...

another thing is the fact that debian is very strict as to the licencing of everything in the system... all the software included in debian is thoroughly checked to make sure it is 100% free software... non-free software is left as an OPTION... and for those of you that are inside the united states, debian goes one step further: it complies thoroughly with the united states's tight regulations on certain software... you just let the installer know you are in the states and it won't install any customs-regulated software... this is way cool (a lot of folks see this as a negative, but i feel the law is the law)...

so if you absolutely cannot have any doubts as to the security, stability, and legality of your software (such as is the case when you work in the government), debian is IMHO the way to go...

i'd also like to point out that unlike mandrake and the like, debian IS NOT A PRODUCT... it is a PROJECT... it's a PUBLIC TECHNOLOGY... it's been around for MORE THAN A DECADE... there is no "company" that will go broke... you can rest assured that tomorrow debian will still be there even when the others go under...

on a finishing note, you mentioned that your background is in UNIX... i must tell you then that the most UNIX-like distro is slackware... you might find it very comfortable if you are very used to UNIX:

http://www.slackware.com/

http://www.slackware-advocacy.org/


GOOD LUCK!!!
 
Old 12-11-2003, 12:28 AM   #5
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as for the webmail, here's a couple links you might find interesting:

http://www.squirrelmail.org/

http://openwebmail.org/
 
Old 12-11-2003, 01:03 AM   #6
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quote:
We are running Red Hat 7.1 for our smpt and webmail. Upgrading to the current RedHat is not cost effective as we are a county government.

You can upgrade to Red Hat9 for free if you want:
http://linuxiso.org/distro.php?distro=7

Just check up on Red Hats move away from the desktop market, and how long the support will be. I would also check out slackware for your server needs.

quote:
My background is UNIX.

Then check out one of the BSD's.
http://www.freebsd.org/
http://www.netbsd.org/
http://www.openbsd.org/


These can help you in your search for more information:
http://www.google.com/linux
http://www.google.com/bsd
 
Old 12-11-2003, 04:00 AM   #7
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Considering your UNIX background, freeBSD might be worth checking out. With portage, it has the easy upgradability of Debian and the UNIX feel you'd find in Slackware. It's also rock solid. I'm primarily a desktop user, and hence have not had much use for it, but I've fiddled around with it enough to know that it's good shit.

If you know UNIX, and there are free OS's that are more UNIX like than Linux, why do you need to use Linux?
 
  


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