• 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.
  • 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.