[Techtalk] Way to not organise a mail server

Maria McKinley maria at shadlen.org
Tue Jan 20 18:25:13 UTC 2009

Chris Wilson wrote:
> Hi Maria,
> On Tue, 20 Jan 2009, Maria McKinley wrote:
>> Mail servers are not at all easy to set up, but once you get things 
>> going, you don't have to do too much.
> Sorry, but I have to disagree here. If you have a mail server that 
> receives mail directly from the Internet and you care at all about 
> blocking spam or viruses, I'd say that you have an unending uphill 
> struggle ahead of you.

Well, definitely ymmv, but I've been running a mail server for about 7 
years, and I don't find it a big deal. I update the spam filters 
regularly, and put spam I get into a folder for the bayesian filter to 
see. I guess that could be considered a lot of work, but really once 
things are going, there are usually very few spams I have to move (maybe 
1 a day, sometimes a couple), and updating the spam filter is just a 
couple of apt-get commands.

Unfortunately, not really an option for me to tell everyone at my work 
they should use google so I don't have to run the mail server anymore. ;-)

> I'd recommend anyone who does care about spam, and doesn't *really* love 
> the idea of spending several hours a week tending to their mail server, 
> to let Google do it for you instead.
> Cheers, Chris.

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