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ZDNet: Open-source messaging from SuSE

Oct 07, 2001, 19:53 (0 Talkback[s])
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"SuSE eMail Server II is an open-source e-mail application that features simple, integrated installation and Web-based configuration. It supports SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, LDAP, as well as HTML access to mailboxes and public folders. In contrast to competing products such as CommuniGate Pro , SuSE's offering is based on well-known open-source components. As a result, SuSE's package is less costly and doesn't lock your organization into using a proprietary e-mail server.

The key components of eMail Server II are the Cyrus IMAP server, the Postfix Mail Transfer Agent, the IMP Webmail Program, a Webmail client, and a browser-based configuration utility provided by SuSE. The Cyrus IMAP server includes its own user database (and, as a result, offers better performance than the popular open source IMAP server from the University of Washington ). With the Cyrus IMAP server and Postfix, SuSE combines high-performance, open-source e-mail components under the umbrella of SuSE's browser-based configuration utility.

When you initiate the eMail Server II installation process, SuSE Linux Professional 7.0 is first installed; the product cannot be installed on top of an existing Linux distribution. After the standard Linux configuration, during which you specify crucial network settings, the eMail Server II installation program lets you configure the server's DNS information. The whole process is simple, requiring very little user interaction; installation proceeded flawlessly in our tests. If you're migrating from another mail server to SuSE's, you can import existing user accounts via comma-delimited file; but if your current mail server is also used as an Exchange server for your domain, you'll need to create an MX record on the domain's DNS server, defining it as destination host for all incoming e-mail for the domain."

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