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Re: postfix as default-mta? [Re: Bug#508644: new release goal default-mta?]

Quoting Josselin Mouette (joss@debian.org):

> Where do we draw the line for “most situations”? If you want to do
> serious email work, you’ll have to spend some time configuring your
> exim/postfix and install extra components to run with it. If you don’t,
> a trivial configuration will do the trick, and you’ll have it just as
> easily with “light” daemons, but with less bloat.

With my preferred hat (the "very dumb" user/sysadmin hat), I would
definitely wote for this. I have several servers spread around here
and there in my professionnal environement, which I did setup in the
past and all needed to have a local MTA. But none of them being a mail
server per se, the MTA being often needed for minor pruposes...

All of them are setup with postfix and its default configuration
without any fancy stuff. This is the first thing I do when I install a
Debian server, indeed. This is very certainly overbloat for these
needs but it never harmed.....and when some of these later needed a
more specific setup, it became very easy to tweak it because of the
widely available literature and tools that deal with postfix.

So, from such POV, having postfix fits both my needs of a "dumb
person" setup and the needs for more advanced features.

Even though I have no competence for this, I've also always considered
postfix as a kind of reference when it comes at security and
reliability....as well as somethign well maintained in the log
term. That's purely subjective feeling but that counts and I think
that having Debian install something that currently has the community
recognition that Postfix has is something we wish..... I'm not sure
that the "light" daemons have this.

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