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View Poll Results: MTA of the Year
sendmail 111 27.61%
qmail 62 15.42%
PostFix 183 45.52%
Exim 39 9.70%
Courier 7 1.74%
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Old 11-15-2003, 12:55 PM   #1
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MTA of the Year

What mail server do you prefer?
Old 11-15-2003, 09:00 PM   #2
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Whoa Maverick! Whoa there horsey!.............

I didn't see the stats on this poll, but I voted for Exim

To be perfectly frank I had to toss up between Postfix and Exim and let the coin decide.

I do both so often that I really don't have preference anymore - I like them both the same I think What makes the difference for me are the value added goodies that I decide upon for any given client. For example, I wouldn't use Exim for OpenWebMail, but vmail-mysql is exim-centric.

As far as sendmail goes - I actually still do more installs that are sendmail based than both exim and postfix combined. Why? because that's what patrick has packaged slackware with by default and it's good stuff. I do a few customizations but that's about it.

Qmail is nice but I don't use it unless I'm specifically asked to set it up and I'm going to have to give Courier a look-see since I haven't run across it before - a new toy to play with
Old 11-16-2003, 07:23 PM   #3
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i use sendmail from the day i learn to setup mail server till now, and sendmail has give me what i want. Actually it is a good MTA maybe there is some holes, but i will stick with sendmail
Old 11-17-2003, 06:42 AM   #4
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postfix because it's simple and secure.
Old 11-17-2003, 11:44 AM   #5
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i like postfix... i like it because it was the first MTA i got to work and the one i find the easiest to work with!
Old 11-17-2003, 11:54 PM   #6
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Postfix, as secure as qmail but more legible and still under development, no so monolitic as sendmail, more secure than exim... and can store the virtual users on a MySQL database ;-)
Old 11-18-2003, 08:09 AM   #7
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I use qmail! Dan Bernstein MASTER mta designer!
Old 11-18-2003, 04:35 PM   #8
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I started w/ sendmail went to qmail and have settled on postfix. It's easy and secure and works very well for me.
Old 11-18-2003, 08:55 PM   #9
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I was hoping to see more of a landslide from Postfix by now

Old 12-01-2003, 05:59 AM   #10
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Postfix: easy to setup & maintain. Good performances & secure. Friendlier license than Qmail (my personal runner-up). What's not to like?
Old 12-11-2003, 06:49 AM   #11
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I missed xmail from the list. Otherwise I would have voted.
Old 12-12-2003, 06:29 AM   #12
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After so many days, weeks, countless shaved head sratching it simply had to be Postfix. Good luck to all those still wrangling with the "official monolith." You'll need it...
Old 12-13-2003, 11:00 PM   #13
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Postfix is just the most simple MTA of the choices, and also happens to be compact, and secure. That's a winning combination.
Old 12-15-2003, 09:46 PM   #14
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Wow, I fully expected to see qmail in the lead. I'm glad Postfix is in the lead though!

The first mail server I administered was a Sendmail box so I know how much of a pain it is to install and configure. Then I decided to look for a more efficient and secure MTA. I read a lot about how Postfix processed mail faster than qmail so I went with it. I've been using Postfix now for about a year and haven't looked back once.


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