Configuring E-mail Services on a Standalone Wkst

Bob Perry rperry4 at
Sat Jan 17 23:47:09 PST 2004


I have two PCs, an NT 4.0 box and a FreeBSD 4.8 system.   I'm connected 
to the internet via dial-up (56k modem) and using the mail system found 
in Mozilla.  I understood that mail services was a natural with FreeBSD 
so I thought I would take the opportunity to learn what I could about 
setting up a mail server.  I've become familiar with SMTP, MUAs, MTAs, 
qpopper, and fetchmail but it seems like some of the more necessary 
components are a static IP address, 24/7 connection, and accurate DNS 
information set up on my system.  If this an accurate assessment, I may 
have to be satisfied setting up my e-mail services for a standalone 
workstation because I can't afford a static IP address or 24/7 connection.

If a full-fledged e-mail server isn't feasible, can I still use software 
like sendmail, mutt, qpopper, and fetchmail for a standalone 
workstation?  Do they offer any real advantages over the mail systems 
that come with Mozilla, Netscape, etc.?   Any, and all comments are welcome.

Thank you.
Bob Perry

FreeBSD 4.8-RELEASE-p13 0#

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