Quote:>I'm about to install a Linux server for a customer who runs Windows 95
>clients. It is my first Linux installation so I am trying to prepare myself
>as much as possible!
Good for you! One of the most important things is exactly what you
are doing: assessing what your customer really needs, and the best
tools for the job.
Quote:>They want network e-mail access and my research has generated a lot of
>information. I'm pretty sure I want to configure the Linux box as an IMAP
>server but am not 100% about fetching files from the ISP's multi-drop POP3
You can use both. POP forces all of the client's mail to be
transferred to the local client: this is really *BAD* for security
reasons, and because most POP clients cannot cope properly with
multiple sources of POP mail. For example, if I have one account at
the main mail server at work, one account at AOL for dialup use, and
one account on the main print server for error messages from that,
using POP tends to mix all that email into one local "INBOX".
Using IMAP lets me very easily have distinct mailboxes for different
sources of email.
Quote:>I'm slightly confused about the different functionality of qmail,
>fetchmail, procmail, fetchpop etc. What should I do on my server to
>download POP3 mail from the ISP and allow the Win95 clients to read mail on
>the IMAP server?
OK. Sendmail is a Mail Transport Agent. It lets a computer accept and
transmit email to other Mail Transport Agents.
Qmail is also a Mail Transport Agent.
Procmail is a filtering and processing system: a Mail Transport Agent
or Mail User Agent can use it to manipulate the email in
user-configurable ways. It is extremely powerful, and one of its most
powerful uses is to separate special email for different
handling. This includes transferring mailing list email to specific
files for reading lall at once, automatically cutting off any site
that sends you a "MAKE MONEY FAST" message, cutting off spam sites, or
automatically sending all email from your ex-wife to your lawyer
instead of making you read it personally.
Fetchmail grabs all the email from a POP or IMAP server and transfers
it to your local machine. It is usually used automatically: it may be
considered a Mail User Agent, duplicating some of the work of a
reconfigured Mail Transport Agent. It lets your users select where
they want to grab their email from without bothering the mail
administrators on their server.
Quote:>Can anyone help or point me in the direction of a web-site, FAQ, HOWTO?
We just did (!). Take a look at the HOWTO sites at rufus.w3.org and
I also do consulting for Linux and security. Let me know if you need
deeper levels of help, especially for modem access.