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Re: default MTA for sarge

On Tue, Jul 15, 2003 at 12:24:34PM +1200, Nick Phillips wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 15, 2003 at 09:01:30AM +1000, Craig Sanders wrote:
> > > Why? Do you have any compelling reasons against exim?
> > 
> > it's more that postfix has numerous compelling advantages.  it's small, it's
> > fast, it's very flexible, it's very easy to configure, it's secure, it scales
> > beautifully from the very smallest mail systems to the very largest, and more.
> Hmmm. None of which are compelling advantages of postfix over exim; all of
> those also apply to exim.

except for secure, fast, and scales beautifully from small to large systems.
and i'm not so sure about "very easy to configure", either...."fairly easy",
yes.  "very easy", not really.

while (AFAIK) there are no current exploits for exim, that is more by accident
or luck than by design - the monolithic mail daemon running as root design is
inherently insecure.  

exim is certainly not fast, and while it may be adequate for tiny mail systems
with trivial loads, it doesn't scale up to large mail systems - which is an
important point, debian is better off with a default MTA that can handle any
load thrown at it.

> P.S. Does anyone disagree that this is, essentially, a religious issue?

no, it's a quality issue.

this idea may be blasphemous in today's anti-meritorious world of standardised
mediocrity but not all things are the same.  some things really are better than


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