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Re: mail handling aka mta package preference for the desktop user

On April 28, 2004, 10:50, Daniel Cardenas - AZ wrote:
> Max J. Werner wrote:
> >
> >I like Exim very much and use it for my home server. If there are errors
> >in packages (like the one you've spotted) the Debian Desktop crew is
> >IMHO obliged to report these to the maintainers of the affected
> >packages.
> >
> I'll turn this around on you a bit and ask you why not use a package 
> that is:
> 1.  Designed for our task.  (Simpler)

In my opinion the Debian Desktop project should not only take advantage
of existing packages and software but should actively work on issues
which prevent Linux from reaching the user's desktop.

There is more to Debian Desktop than just taking some packages and
bundling it all together in a nice and easy way. (Just IMHO of course)

> 2.  Works better? (Better questions, no network hang feature/bugs, smaller.)
> rather than use an over bloated piece of software that is not designed 
> to be used on a desktop, 90% of the functionality will never be used, 
> and is geared towards a system administrator rather than grandma?

Do you seriously think that Grandma should really face the task of
installing an MTA? Should her desktop computer use an external MTA at
all? Isn't sth. like KMail enough for her needs? Most beginners won't
ever need a highly configurable MTA like Postfix or Exim.

And besides: Grandmas are only a fraction of the target group of a
Desktop Linux Distribution.


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