Rainer Duffner wrote:
> Quey schrieb:
>> Remo Mattei wrote:
>>> Hello I have a few questions since I am building a new server. Now the
>>> box is running centos 4.5 with qmail and fuzzyocr, spamassassin,dspam
>>> and tmda with simscan the load during the day is hi since it's an old P3
>>> 1.2mgz and 1.5g of mem. this box is running mysql 4.1.x, vpopmail 5.4.17
>>> with the DB already modified for the 5.4.20. I was looking at the new
>>> centos 5 with mysql 5. Anyone has done the installation on this distro
>>> or is anyone suggesting any other.
>>> Thanks.
>> Sl;ackware 12, MySQL 5,  Qmail, MailScanner, S.A and so on...
>> MailScanner has the advantage of processing for spam/viruses in batch
>> mode, thereby not holding open smtp connections and running multiple
>> copies of everything, also nicely does phishing fraud tests and bad
>> files and so on.
>> I've used RH based OS's before and trust me, for servers, I'd never
>> use anything but Slackware now, its modern, clean and lean and not
>> really modified from what all the programs were in tarball releases,
>> which = less problems and less required updates because the likes of
>> RH and co have not butchered it to bits.
> But it's still Linux ;-) Who would want to run a linux-distribution when
> most of the software he wants are not included in the packaging-system?
> I try to run as much as possible on FreeBSD.
> FreeBSD has most of the stuff that is needed for a Toaster in the ports
> - and what is missing is on http://mail-toaster.org/
> I tried CentOS5 once, but I'm not sure if I could get happy with it.
> E.g. I can't seem to be able to get around the 32bit vs. 64bit
> package-mess (I tried the 64 bit version inside VMware).
> cheers,
> Rainer

Slackware is actually fairly nice for this. I'm running on Slackware
11.0 using qmail + vpopmail with MySQL auth and NFS mounted mailboxes. I
have a different server handle spam and virus scanning so I can optimize
each for the task they handle.

It is nice to use Slackware because it doesn't do funky stuff with
software. qmail installs fairly easily and fits in decently well. Oh, it
also works great on slower hardware because you can strip services to
the bare essentials easily and thus leave more resources for the actual
functions it needs to do.

The only downside to Slackware is that it doesn't use PAM, so you need
to make local login accounts. Personally, I don't like PAM (it has had
many security issues in the past) and qmail doesn't use it, so it isn't
a big thing. Also, Slackware doesn't hold your hand on dependencies, but
if you are a decent system administrator, you shouldn't have problems
with that.

As for choosing what to use, you shouldn't base your decision on what
has a "toaster". You should instead learn how the system is put together
so you can diagnose issues and fix problems. Use the "toaster" and other
items as a guide in assembly, not the actual solution.

My personal procedure on installing is a combination of jms' scripts and
patches, some points in QMR, and my own preferences (and limitations,
I'm stuck with pop-before-smtp). I'd be happy to send a copy of my
install notes if anyone is interested.

 - Michael


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