Re: exim/postfix comparisons
On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 2:23 PM, Douglas A. Tutty <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I've heard comments from respected frequent posters on this list both
> that they use postfix and that debian's decision to have Exim as default
> was controversial.
> I also lurk on OpenBSD's misc list. OBSD uses sendmail by default
> because they have made it secure, it has a BSD license, and it is small
> so fits nicely in their base install. They didn't use Postfix because
> of licencing issues but I think the license has changed. Many people
> who lurk there use postfix on their BSD boxes. They don't use Exim also
> because of licensing and there have been some disparaging comments on
> the complexity.
hmm I do that too. In fact I'm collecting stuff again after leaving
openBSD at 3.5 to get back on track with my knowledge.
> As for a compelling reason to learn sendmail, the only one I can think
> of is if you ever want to run a base BSD (I think they all include
> sendmail in base). Since sendmail was written as the standards for
> email were being standardized, it can do anything and not just what is
> current practice. This flexibility makes it very complex; whole (large)
> books are written on it. In the past, this complexity has left it open
> to security issues which I think have now all been fixed (until the next
> time one is found, but then OpenBSD would have to change their
> front-page brag). Postfix was written by a security guru (I think the
> person who gave us tcp-wrappers) and is flexible enough to do everything
> neccessary on a modern network.
I guess I'll add myself to the sendmail people then. Can't be that bad
and I don't plan to spend vast amounts of time on that, only on a as
needed basis :)
> If it were me and I only knew postfix, I'd find something else to do
> than learn another MTA.
Well sometimes when a client asks you "And why exactly do you use
postfix" you just can't answer "Because it's the only tool I know" :)
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