Looking for Software on your site...
peter at circlesquared.com
Wed Feb 4 11:50:15 PST 2004
Donald Corn wrote:
> Hi. My account rep at Verio suggested I look at your site for
> software. I am not a technical person, more in the marketing area;
> but once I find what I am looking for I can pass onto our programmer.
FreeBSD is an operating system which comes with some very elegant ways
to manage application software, but you're talking about the application
software here. And there's an awful lot of it available. So the first
point is, you have Choice. As the Perl people say, there's more than one
way to do it.
FreeBSD is an excellent operating system for this type of role, but
there is so much choice of software that you would almost certainly find
it cost-effective to involve someone who already has a good idea of the
> Specifically, we are looking for a mail server solution
sendmail is the default mail server software with FreeBSD and it's
excellent, but you could also use Exim, qmail, postfix and a couple of
other alternatives. Each has different merits.
> that will do personalization
I'm not too sure what you mean by that...
> /html transmissions
mail servers are generally agnostic about whether the mails are in plain
text, html or both.
> , plus the required subscribe/unsubscribe functions.
That's a mailing list. Mailing list software runs alongside a mail
server. Again, lots of choice... ezmlm, mailman, majordomo...
> We are also using @Mail and I saw it referenced as a Webmail solution
> on your site.
> Can you help point me where to find the overview of your software
> programs in general and specifically a mail server and info on Webmail.
Webmail (and there a several webmail systems available) is really just
some cgi scripts that access mailboxes using (normally) imap.
FreeBSD administrators often "roll their own" solutions. But there are
several established combinations. For example, the author of the qmail
mail server also wrote the ezmlm mailing list manager, and it makes
sense to use them together. A company called Inter7 have added some
tweaks to this setup with additional software called vpopmail (for
managing virtual domains and users), qmailadmin for administrating
e-mail accounts and mailing lists, and a webmail system (that I'm not
personally very keen on) called Sqwebmail.
You might find it interesting to look over their site at:
Possibly more interesting webmail solutions could be horde and
phpgroupware, both of which offer additional features such as calendars,
to-do lists, and are easy to extend in different ways to suit your
Personally, I'd probably use qmail, ezmlm (or in fact a version of it
called ezmlm-idx), vpopmail, qmailadmin, courier (for pop and imap
servers) and either horde or phpgroupware.
If you go to:
you'll be able to read some info on all these pieces of software.
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