FreeBSD 4.8-STABLE would be your best bet.

While the machine is a little much just for 10 users, think of
expandability for the future.  There may be a need for the extra power
later on, so it is good that you are using this hardware.  I'm sure one
can think of other things to use a FreeBSD box other than just mail and
DNS :-)

Sincerely,

Scott Kupferschmidt
ISPrime, Inc.
866.502.4678 ext. 3
AIM: Scott ISPrime - ICQ: 174337249

On Tue, 1 Jul 2003, Chris Dillon wrote:

> This belongs in -questions, not -smp.
> 
> On Tue, 1 Jul 2003, David Newman wrote:
> 
> > Greetings. For a small office (~10 users), I am planning to build a
> > mail and DNS server using FreeBSD-SMP; details below. My
> > requirements are availability and performance, in that order.
> >
> > Which FreeBSD is better suited for this -- 4.8 or 5.1?
> 
> 4.8-RELEASE or 4.8-STABLE
> 
> > Hardware:
> > Compaq Proliant 1850R 6/550 (2 x 550-MHz PIII), 1 Gbyte RAM, 2 x
> > 18-Gbyte SCSI drives
> 
> 1000% overkill for only 10 users.  As an example, I (still) have a
> 66MHz 486 with 48MB RAM and a single 2GB SCSI drive handling over 300
> users with sendmail and cyrus-imapd.  Focus on reliability foremost,
> so mirror those two SCSI drives you have.  The Proliant 1850R doesn't
> offer the ability to use redundant memory, but it at least does ECC.
> You'll also have an extra processor already there if one happens to go
> south, and you would never notice it was gone.
> 
> > Software:
> > postfix, courier-imap, bind
> 
> Consider cyrus-imapd2 or cyrus-imapd22 instead of courier-imap.  Very
> reliable, very fast, and offers you the ability to create a "black
> box" mail appliance that does not require the use of local user
> accounts, if you wish to go that route.
> 
> -- 
>  Chris Dillon - cdillon(at)wolves.k12.mo.us
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