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

On Sat, May 09, 2009 at 08:55:11AM +0200, Christian Perrier wrote:
> Quoting Steve Langasek (vorlon@debian.org):

> > If this were put to the TC, I can't see any way that this would be anything
> > more than a poll of the personal preferences of the members of the TC.  If
> > someone who's in a position to make this decision decides they'd like to
> > delegate the decision to the TC, then ok, I suppose we can decide it that
> > way; but otherwise I don't see any reason that a vote of the TC is a better
> > way to decide this than any other arbitrary method...

> Well, I grant the TC members for being wiser than just giving their
> personal preferences and ponder the consequences of various options
> when it comes to a technically related problem.

My point is precisely that I don't think there are any salient technical
advantages of one over the other.  Either postfix or exim4 meets our needs
for a default MTA, and both have packages that appear to be well-supported
by their maintainers and by the community; so as a TC member I could only
vote for postfix because I don't *like* exim4 (and its packaging), and I do
run postfix everywhere.  I.e., it's a question of personal preference; I can
express the reasons for my preference in terms of technical features of the
packages, but it still comes down to a popularity contest in the end.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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