[olug] What distro next?

brian at bstc.net brian at bstc.net
Mon Aug 20 16:56:30 UTC 2001

oh, BTW... for a real solid mail server, I use qmail with alot of the inter7
applications ( qmailadmin/sqwebmail/courier imap/vpopmail ) These are mainly
for a virtual hosting type setup, but have found that the web frontends
 qmailadmin/sqwebmail ) and the authentication methods ( vpopmail/courier
imap) are very solid and easy to work with. vpopmail worls out great if you
do not have a need of a local user account. the imap server can authenticate
against a wide variety of sources ( as well as the webmail peice ) such as
unix accounts, userdb, LDAP, *sql, or you can even write a custom authdaemon
if needed. oh, and for pop3 I use the pop3 daemon that qmail supplies.

----- Original Message -----
From: <brian at bstc.net>
To: <olug at bstc.net>
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2001 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: [olug] What distro next?

> checkout the mailing list archives, we have discusion on this a few weeks
> ago. ( but for a quick response, I prefer SuSE in enterprise class
servers )
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jeff Hinrichs" <jlh at home.com>
> To: <olug at bstc.net>
> Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2001 11:44 PM
> Subject: [olug] What distro next?
> >
> > I just set up a Linux based server for a small area company.  It hosts
> their
> > web site (built with Apache/PHP/MySQL/OpenSSL) and their email
> > (Sendmail/WU-Imap/SquirrelMail).  Most of it went pretty smoothly,
> > especially the web stuff using RH 7.1 but when I got to the email, I had
> > heck of a time.  Outside of RH's sendmail.cf now including a default
> binding
> > to only, by default, to not being able to get Cyrus-imap to
> > install properly.  Cyrus switched at version 2 from TCL to perl and
> > are problems with the default locations of perl on RH. I don't have
> > perl experience to work around the problem so I ended up going with
> WU-Imap.
> > Luckily this is a small company with only a few users so the mbox format
> > mail won't/shouldn't be a problem for them.
> >
> > Anyway, I realized I was having to work around how RH has things setup
> > run these server apps.
> >
> > So, I believe, it's time for me to start expanding my horizons.  I've
> > experience with RH 5.2,7.0,7.1 and a couple Mandrake versions.  Server
> based
> > installations are my current interest.  If I'm interested in
> > trying/experimenting with Samba, OpenLDAP, Mail servers (maildir based
> > systems as opposed to mbox) what distro would make the most sense for me
> to
> > try next.
> >
> > I'm not trying to start a Distro War, I am looking for advice from
> > who have supported Linux based servers in corporate environments.  I
> > have an personal preference it just seems as though the maintainers for
> > different server based software have problems with the way RH sets up
> > file system and where it places things.  So I'm wondering if
> learning/moving
> > to another distro might make my left easier in this respect.
> >
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Jeff
> >
> >
> >
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