qmail vs free software
Posted May 27, 2004 17:01 UTC (Thu) by cdmiller
Parent article: Movable type and "almost free" software
We have used qmail for about 6 years now. It's rock solid, secure, and easy to configure. We have 16 lines of configuration in the 7 files of our qmail/control directory on the main mail server. My default exim.conf for a debian/GNU workstation has 200 lines of configuration. The postfix setup on one of our redhat servers has 76 active config lines in main.cf.
It's interesting to watch something like postfix or exim evolve alongside a fairly small and static product like qmail. The free software products in this case appear to become more complex and feature ladden over time.
My organization can't redistribute modified versions of qmail, but we don't need to. We can patch our version to our hearts content if need be, and patches are merrily produced and distributed by the community.
It would be interesting to see what the community would do with a free version of qmail. Maybe DJ Bernstein will be convinced to allow a free software fork of qmail under a different name one of these years. Even then, qmail will be hard to beat for it's ongoing record of stability, security, and ease of configuration.
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