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LWN: O'Reilly releases Managing IMAP

Sep 27, 2000, 01:10 (2 Talkback[s])

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"O'Reilly's latest release, "Managing IMAP", by Dianna Mullet & Kevin Mullet, is both a conceptual and mechanical IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) road map. IMAP is a method of accessing electronic mail or bulletin board messages that are kept on a (possibly shared) mail server. IMAP's ability to access messages (both new and saved) from more than one computer will become extremely important as reliance on electronic messaging and use of multiple computers increase."

"The popularity of the Internet exploded when gopher sites were replaced by the World Wide Web. As IMAP is embraced over the legacy POP3 email access protocol, electronic mail will experience a similar quantum leap in functionality," says co-author Kevin Mullet. "Considering how important IMAP is to Internet email, we were surprised to find that there was nothing like our book on the market to walk system administrators through the process of moving from a legacy email system to a multi- function IMAP server, and the tricks for managing it once they got there."

"The demand for email servers that take advantage of centralized resources to manage mail, rather than heap more tasks on end-user computers, has been answered by incorporating IMAP into virtually every major email server on the market. Consequently, IMAP deployment is expected to increase rapidly over the next three years. Managers, system integrators, and system administrators on the front lines of internet messaging will find "Managing IMAP" a valuable tool for IMAP system provision, maintenance and support. It is also useful to anyone considering IMAP for their messaging system."

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