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Aug 17, 2000, 22:46 (2 Talkback[s])
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"I'll start with W3Mail. This is a fairly new implementation of web mail, but is already proving to be quite a force. The initial release (version 0.5.0) came late January of 2000, and has progressed all the way into 1.0.0pre2. The stable version, 0.9.6 is already very popular, as almost 10,000 copies of it were downloaded from the website the very day it was released -- a very impressive number for a program that does what so many others do! (In fact, W3Mail is so popular, even a site already uses it exclusively, LinuxFreeMail.com.)"

"WebMail... is another very popular web mail front-end, and utilizes the IMAP as well as the POP3 protocol, making it very versatile. ... his is such a great choice for web-based e-mail solutions mainly because it is very scablable. It can operate all the way from a server with 20 MB of RAM up to a multiprocessor system, because its code is largely multi-threaded-the main prerequiste to utilize SMP. ... It supports POP3, MIME, customization of the interface, web administration and many of the same features as W3Mail. The choice at this point comes down to WebMail's IMAP support and Java-usage -- and just maybe the installation."

"Overall, if you're looking for a very easy to use, easy to install, low-maintenance server, W3Mail is the way to go. If you're looking for more power and you are more technical-savvy, WebMail will suit your needs much better than W3Mail's simplistic interface."

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