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  • Setting up and running a Linux-based email server
  • Key information about installing, configuring, and using PostFix, Courier, SquirrelMail, ProcMail, ClamAV, and SpamAssassin
  • Securing and protecting your installation from viruses, spam, intruders, and hardware failure



Many businesses want to run their email servers on Linux, but getting started can be complicated. The attractiveness of a free-to-use and robust email service running on Linux can be undermined by the apparent technical challenges involved.  Some of the complexity arises from the fact that an email server consists of several components that must be installed and configured separately, then integrated together. Unlike other approaches that deal with one component at a time, this book gives you a basic knowledge across all the server components, leaving you with a complete working email server for your small business network.

Based entirely on free, Open Source software, you will see how to protect your server from spam and viruses, offer web access for remote access, and secure your installation with regular backups.

  • All the information you need to easily set up your own Linux email server
  • Shows how to provide web access to email, virus and spam protection, and more
  • Techniques to backup and protect your data
  • Applications used include PostFix, Courier, SquirrelMail, SpamAssassin, ProcMail, and ClamAV
Page Count 316
Course Length 9 hours 28 minutes
ISBN 9781904811374
Date Of Publication 12 Jul 2005


Alistair McDonald

Alistair McDonald is a freelance IT consultant based in the UK. He has worked in IT for over 15 years and specializes in C++ and Perl development and IT infrastructure management. He is a strong advocate of open source, and has strong cross-platform skills. He prefers vim over vi, emacs over Xemacs or vim, and bash over ksh or csh.

He is very much a family man and spends as much time as possible with his family enjoying life.

Carl Taylor

Carl Taylor has worked over 20 years in the IT industry and has spent the majority of that time working on Unix type systems, mainly communications or office automation projects. He was an early user of the UseNet network and taught himself to programme in C through working on a variety of open source software. His experience covers roles including pre and post sales support, product development, end user training and management.

Carl now runs his own Web Solutions development company 'Adepteo' where they specialise in intranet and workflow products building on the best open source applications available. Whilst not working or looking after his children Carl is something of a dance addict and is currently learning Latin and Ballroom and Salsa.

David Rusenko

David Rusenko was born in Paris, France, and spent most of his childhood overseas. He began working as a freelance web designer in 1996 and had his first experience with open source, a box copy of RedHat 5.2, shortly after in 1999. After six years and as many versions of RedHat, he now creates appealing web pages and devises solutions implementing high availability through clustering and alternate security models.

He founded Aderes in 2001, a company which provides email and web-based security solutions. His search for an appropriate Webmail platform for the company led him to Squirrelmail. Initially managing all aspects of the business, from the technical concerns to customer support, gave him the experience he now contributes to the Webmail chapter of this book.

David has studied both Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and Management Information Systems (MIS) at the Pennsylvania State University. He speaks English and French fluently, and is conversational in Arabic. During his free time and vacations, he enjoys scuba diving, backpacking, playing racquetball and playing electronic music records.

Magnus Back

Magnus Back has been playing and working with computers since he was a kid, and within the computer field he is interested in everything from digital typography and compilers to relational databases and Unix. His interests also include e-mail services, and he is an active contributor to the Postfix mailinglist.

Magnus holds a master's degree in computer science and engineering from Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden, and currently works with software configuration management and tools development for GSM/UMTS phones at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.

Patrick Ben Koetter

Patrick Ben Koetter is an active and well-known figure in the Postfix community, working as information architect. Patrick Koetter runs his own company consulting and developing corporate communication for customers in Europe and Africa.

He speaks about Postfix at industry conferences and hacker conventions and contributes regularly to a number of open source mailing lists. Patrick Koetter is Co-author of 'The Book of Postfix'.

Ralf Hildebrandt

Ralf Hildebrandt is an active and well-known figure in the Postfix community, working as a systems engineer for T-Systems, a German telecommunications company.

He speaks about Postfix at industry conferences and hacker conventions and contributes regularly to a number of open source mailing lists. Ralf Hildebrandt is Co-author of 'The Book of Postfix'.