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

On Thu, 07 May 2009 08:01:11 +0200
Giacomo Catenazzi <cate@debian.org> wrote:

> Luk Claes wrote:
> > Steve Langasek wrote:
> >> On Tue, May 05, 2009 at 05:06:26PM +0200, martin f krafft wrote:
> >>> also sprach Carsten Hey <carsten@debian.org> [2009.05.05.1645
> >>> +0200]:
> > 
> >>> FWIW, Ubuntu did what I consider the right thing:
> >>> http://launchpadlibrarian.net/21235281/mdadm_2.6.7.1-1ubuntu4_2.6.7.1-1ubuntu5.diff.gz
> >> Well, this is the right thing in Ubuntu because postfix is the
> >> default MTA for Ubuntu.  In Debian, this is not the case, so mdadm
> >> recommending postfix by preference causes inconsistent behavior
> >> depending on the order in which the user installs packages.
> > 
> > Maybe we should also consider changing the default MTA to postfix?
> No, most of users don't need a full MTA, but only a local MTA
> (usually only sendmail command, but ev. only a socket listening to
> localhost:25).
> SO I would propose a more simple mailer (esmtpd, nullmailer, ...)

No, please don't use an esoteric mailer. People who don't know and
don't want to know about their local mailer don't need to know about
Postfix' complexity. They can set up Postfix with a single debconf
questions to a minimal configuration. And people who have to
administrate multiple servers will have the same mailer on all of them,
even if only some are real MTAs and the others just need to send mail.

I was so looking forward to the day when the first step after
installing Debian wouldn't be to replace the default MTA with Postfix...


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