• Dbmail? A great Open Source email system, especially for LAMP/MySql administrators

    A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about how I may build an advanced search utility for my own email archive. One way to make complex queries on the archive seemed to be to put it all into a relational database. Since the Dbmail system stores email in that way, I asked its developers and Harald Reindl (an email administrator at The Lounge who already uses Dbmail: I found him in the PostFix Mailing list archives) if Dbmail could be used in that way.
  • How to reject spam from certain countries (if you must really, really do it)?

    Every now and then, a question like this pops up on some email server management forum: I'd like to be able to reject connections from remote IP addresses if they're from certain countries. The usual reason is either thatthe sender only receives spam from those countries and is convinced that this will always be the case, or that, since the sender doesn’t need or want to exchange email with anybody in those countries, why bother at all with filtering messages from there?
  • Review, Linux E-Mail,set up, maintain, and secure a small office e-mail server

    (this is a review that i originally posted somewhere on Slashdot, IIRC) Linux E-mail, Second Edition is a book written for Packt Publishing by I. Haycox, A. McDonald, M. Back, R. Hildebrandt, P.B.Koetter, D. Rusenko and C. Taylor. Linux E-mail containsall the information you need to handle all email services for a small organization on your own Linux server: send and receive messages, provide access to email accounts from any web browser, block as much viruses and spam as possible, possibly before they even enter your server, backup all email and configuration data in the most effective way and, finally, configuration of some email clients.
  • MCG, the eMail Configuration Generator for procmail and mutt

    Many U*nix users with advanced email needs, a high load of email, and possibly a lot of addresses to keep separated, invariably come to procmail and to Mutt (but the MCG concept can be easily adapted to other MUAs: read on). Procmail and Mutt are so flexible and powerful to allow a total customization of email management, whatever your particular needs are, and they automatize many tasks. Furthermore, they are much less resource hungry than many other solution with the same power and flexibility (do they exist?
  • Virtual Personal Email Servers, legal, management and economics issues

    After I published Wanted: Virtual Personal Email Servers I got lots of feedback. This is an edited summary of a particularly interesting one, from John of JDPFu.com, reproduced with his permission. My comments and answers are at the end of this page. John’s comments Marco, the Virtual Personal Email Server (VPES) that you recently asked for already exists, but not for end users. There are many pseudo-all-in-1 solutions. To solve your needs, I’d begin with ebox, a small business distro, and maybe look at Amahi for a home inclined distro.
  • Comments to, Wanted, Virtual Personal Email Servers

    These are the comments I got when I wrote Wanted: Virtual Personal Email Servers: (me:) Today this article was announced on LinuxToday and this is the first comment it got: I didn’t feel like creating an account on his site just to make this comment (where’s OpenID please?) but in case he reads the comments here - the obvious solution is Citadel, which is a nice compact installation that does pretty much everything he’s looking for in a single package.
  • Wanted, Virtual Personal Email Servers

    (update 2010/05/29: here’s another article about VPES legal, management and economics issues) The way email is normally used today has several serious limits that I recently explained in another article. I also pointed out that one of the biggest obstacles to personal email management is lack of user demand for Virtual Personal Email Server (VPES) software and hosting packages. A VPES may run into any computer in your home or in some external datacenter, but that is another issue.
  • How to check if your email server looks like a spam source

    Taking full control of your own email, that is running your own email server, is a must if you really care about privacy, security or maximum customization. Taking full control of your own email, that is running your own email server, is a must if you really care about privacy, security or maximum customization. When you start doing it though, you soon find out that the hardest, or at least lest documented task, is not how to send email, or how to block spam.
  • How to extract email headers and store them in a cache file

    note: I am trying to publish, a piece at a time a lots of tricks that I use in my email management system, in such a format that each of them is usable separately. This is why it may be a bit difficult to understand certain parts of this and other pages, until I have published all of them. In the meantime, please let me know about anything you find not clear in these pages, so I can improve them, and read this article of mine on how to Build your own email server with Postfix, because it is a good synthesis of the whole picture
  • How to ignore uninteresting threads in mailing lists

    Even in this age of social networking and instant messaging, mailing lists are very useful tools to get technical support or carry on public discussions online. The problem with mailing list is that, especially when they are very popular, you will soon find out that most of the traffic is irrelevant, because it’s either some flame war or some topic that has no interest for you. This kind of email traffic is a big problem for two reasons: