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Old 03-26-2009, 03:30 AM   #1
PhilipMiddleton
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Advice wanted on Mail servers. Which one best fits my needs?


Hello All
I'm new to Linux.
I'm running Mandreva 2008 and I'm after a mail server that will allow me to share a Calender among a group.
I noticed that there are a few mail servers available in the webmin, but I'm a little lost.

Can anyone suggest a mail server and client solution that will also allow me to share multiple calenders, with the ability for other users to update that calender?

IE. I have a mail client, I share a Calender and allow the Secretary or a workmate to view and maybe modify it.

Currently I run a Windows environment my appointments for each day are in my Calender. I share that calender and allow others to view/update it on their mail clients. I'm using MDaemon mail server and M$ Outlook.
My aim is to replace the M$ boxes with Linux if feasible.

Thanks in advance.

...Philip.
 
Old 03-26-2009, 03:44 AM   #2
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What you are talking about has nothing to do with mailservers. Just because Exchange bundles calendaring wit hemail doesn't change this.

How many users are you talking about; what does you network look like; etc.?
 
Old 03-26-2009, 05:08 AM   #3
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Yes, OK. Point taken.
That said, just about any mail server should do the mail stuff I need. Only thing that would be nice would be virus scanning. The real question now has swung to what calendar servers and clients are there, any maybe my best solution is not to go client server, but Peer to Peer. Iĺl look into this a little more (google).
To answer your question: Current Users=5 + 1 File Server - may grow to 6 users, but unlikely to get any bigger. File server is only WinXP PC, no need for Windows Server as less than 10 users.
Environment: Simple local office setup, no off site stuff. Low general network traffic, high volume of emails sent and received by all users daily (both internal and external).
Would be nice if The calender software also had a windows client (for a travelling laptop user who will probably refuse to migrate to Linux)

Thanks again... Philip
 
Old 03-26-2009, 05:20 AM   #4
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For the calendar side, I'd suggest a webdav solution like thunderbird plus lightning. Works fine for a small number of users.

Mail? Depends on you distro a bit. My favourite it postfix - easy to add clamav for virus scanning and spamassassin plus rbls for spam. See www.postfix.org.

What distro do you run?
 
Old 03-26-2009, 07:56 AM   #5
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Zimbra - complete collaboration suite. Email, (with spam filtering and AV scanning) Calendaring, AJAX Web client.. nicely put together. Check out the online demo of Zimbra, it's pretty amazing.
Mandriva is not a supported Distro for this suite.

opengroupware.org Groupware functionality to 'bolt-on' to a existing mail server.

Open-xchange - Open source MS Exchange replacement

I'm sure there are other options out there as well, and billymayday's Calendar suggestion would be a lot lighter than the Zimbra solution for instance..

If you do decide to build your own solution I would also agree with the postfix recommendation.
 
Old 03-26-2009, 06:55 PM   #6
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What distro do you run?
Mandriva 2008.1

Thanks guys. Will check those solutions out in the next day or so (probably over the weekend).
 
  


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