Ideal mail server: qmail or postfix

Max Clark max.clark at
Tue Jul 22 09:21:36 PDT 2003

It should be pointed out...

Yahoo mail (how many million users do you think they have?) is running
qmail-ldap. The Maildir's are on NetApp filers, the lists are running
exmlm-idx, the web interface seems to be based off of sqWebMail, and the
ldap backend is Novell.

qmail is a PITA to learn, but wasn't sendmail, or n*x for that matter too?

Don't forget about the daemontools. If you haven't used daemontools you need
to take a good long look.

I don't have any experiance with exim, honestly I haven't found the need to
look elsewhere.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-isp at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-isp at]On Behalf Of James Godwin
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2003 2:07 PM
To: freebsd-isp at
Subject: Ideal mail server: qmail or postfix


We are building small server solution for our clients which run a number of
services and we are looking at incorporating mail server services.

As a hosting provider we manage their web and email services. Our boxes were
configured with Sendmail and we have had no need to change. No need fixing
something which is not broken. :) basically have not had the time to change.

As our company grew we became more familiar with running BSD and aware of
other alternatives.

I was wondering what mail servers fellow ISP are running. I can't decide
between postfix or qmail.

Any advantages or disadvantages would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,


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