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

On Sat, May 09, 2009 at 10:22:40PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> On Sat, May 09 2009, Don Armstrong wrote:

> > On Sat, 09 May 2009, Steve Langasek wrote:
> >> My point is precisely that I don't think there are any salient
> >> technical advantages of one over the other.

> > Just going by what MTAs -ctte members are running, it'd be 3, 2, 2
> > (postfix, exim, and sendmail.) [Though I honestly wouldn't suggest
> > sendmail as the default, Manoj probably would. ;-)]

>         While I do prefer sendmail, I think there is one technical issue
>  you guys are glossing over: The fact that we have an installed base of
>  Exim, and documentation all over the place that assumes the Debian
>  default is Exim,

Such as?  I haven't seen any documentation that makes this assumption.

>  and given that other things appear equal (Exim, postfix, and sendmail all
>  meet technical requirements, all are supported by strong communities,
>  etc), the minimal disruption to a tested setup rule applies -- and Exim
>  has a strong lead over theothers, my personal preference notwithstanding.

According to popcon, only about 68% of Debian users have exim4 installed,
and 18% have postfix installed.  I don't think that's much of a lead for
exim4, considering most of the exim4 installs are probably due solely to its
status as a default.

So I don't find this persuasive.  Which is largely beside the point; this is
not debian-ctte....

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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