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Comment: Not worth it. (Score 1) 554 554

Setting up everything yourself is a pain in the butt. IMHO, it's not worth your time. I'd look into a turn-key solution instead. Zimbra has already been mentioned, but it is _very_ heavy on the resources and more or less requires a dedicated Linux box (or VPS). I would suggest you take a look at Atmail. They're a new comer, but it is rather promising. It is using all 'the usual suspects' but without you having to configure them all by hand. That said, setting up your own email server is great way to learn about your system and email in general, but you should be ready to spend some serious time on configuring everything.

PayPal Freezes the Assets of 403 403

matsh sends word that PayPal has frozen the assets of From their Web site: "Paypal has as of 23rd of January 2010 frozen WikiLeaks assets. This is the second time that this happens. The last time we struggled for more than half a year to resolve this issue. By working with the respected and recognized German foundation Wau Holland Stiftung we tried to avoid this from happening again — apparently without avail." The submitter adds: "Hopefully we can pressure PayPal to resolve this quickly, since this seems like a dangerous political decision."

Comment: +1 for pfSense (Score 2, Interesting) 376 376

I've given up hope on those cheap routers. Sure, DD-WRT and Tomato are decent products, but they don't come close to a box with pfSense. Just pick up the smallest, cheapest and least power consuming ITX box you can find and install pfSense on it. You can control it all from the web browser. Best of all, it's based on FreeBSD.

+ - Djigzo - Innovative, open source, email encryption->

mvip writes: Email encryption is a pain. Yes, there are decent tools such as GnuPG/PGP, but they are still too cumbersome for most end-users to use. Djigzo is a new open source solution that makes email encryption almost transparent for the end-user. Email Service Guide reached out to Djigzo's founder, Martijn Brinkers, and asked to let him explain what Djigzo is and how it works.
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Comment: IBM OmniFind (Score 1) 232 232

If you're able to get a hold of it, IBM OmniFind Yahoo Edition would do the trick. Unfortunately Yahoo pulled the plug when they went into bed with Microsoft (Bing). I'm using it on a local intranet, and it works great. If you have a deep wallet, you can always look into the commercial version IBM offers, but it is really nothing but a packaged version of Apache Lucene.

+ - Why the heck are people still using POP3?-> 2 2

Siker writes: Email Service Guide asked "Why the heck are people still using POP3 [...instead of IMAP]?" Remarkably the answer does not seem to be "because they don't know any better" because at Email Discussions an intense debate erupted over the topic. In this day of large storage server accounts and multiple access devices for email accounts, is there a reason other than habit for POP3?
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+ - Email on Death Row - Again-> 1 1

mvip writes: It's time to prematurely mourn the death of email again: the Wall Street Journal article Why Email No Longer Rules is making the rounds online. Fast Company provided a fast response highlighting the technical shortcomings of trying to replace email with Facebook and Twitter (where do the attachments go?). Email Service Guide points out that Facebook and Twitter are ineffective for one-of communications. But with Google Wave around the corner, is the end near for email this time around?
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+ - Ubuntu Linux Adds Private Cloud Backing->

snydeq writes: "Canonical's Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition will include private cloud capabilities, thanks to support for the open source Eucalyptus project, InfoWorld reports. Available for free download on Oct. 29, Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition will introduce Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, an open source cloud computing environment based on the same APIs as Amazon EC2. Users will be able to set up 10 to 15 private servers, leveraging the same capabilities they would use with Amazon, thereby allowing them to take their applications off the Amazon cloud and put them instead into a private cloud, or vice versa."
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+ - Review of iNotes. Verdict: Fail!->

mvip writes: A few days ago IBM announced LotusLive iNotes. Email Service Guide took iNotes for a spin and they were not impressed. "Judging by the name, iNotes sounds like a web-based replacement for Notes. I went into this review with excitement, but unfortunately the excitement did not last very long. For $3 per month (with just 1GB of storage), I expect much more than a very basic webmail client, which is pretty much all iNotes offers. Moreover, the only thing iNotes shares with Notes is the name and the color theme."
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+ - Interview with Jeremy Howard of FastMail.FM->

Siker writes: In a world of giants such as Gmail and Rackspace, email service provider FastMail.FM is somehow doing great with signups above the million mark. Email Service Guide interviews Jeremy Howard, founder of FastMail.FM, to find out how. Also covered is the company's contributions to Open Source software such as Cyrus-IMAP and Thunderbird. Jeremy discusses the future of IMAP, how open protocols help FastMail.FM and why he thinks SLAs from email providers are a con.
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Comment: Jerry Yang and Zimbra. (Score 1) 1 1

I love the comment over at ZDnet: "Now we know the truth. Perhaps Yang should have said: Weâ(TM)re going to take Zimbra, use a few features, realize we donâ(TM)t know what to do with it and unload it at a loss. And oh by the way I probably wonâ(TM)t be CEO when this promising company is sold."

+ - Zimbra Introduces Zimbra Collaboration Suite 6.0-> 1 1

Siker writes: "In the midst of rumors of an imminent sale of the Zimbra by Yahoo, Zimbra today announced version 6.0 of their flagship software. Email Service Guide peeks at what's new while asking the obvious question: did Zimbra just bump their 5.5 to 6.0 as a publicity stunt during a potentially devaluing sale?"
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+ - Review of Thunderbird 3 Beta 4

mvip writes: "Mozilla released Thunderbird 3 Beta 4 a few days back. This new version features a lot of nice new features, such as tabbed message view, native Growl support (for Mac) and improved Gmail integration. Email Service Guide took the new release out for a spin and reviewed the new features. The verdict: 'I've been using Apple Mail as my primary email client for a few years now. Last time I tried Thunderbird it felt like I was time travelling 5 years back in time. With the 3.0-branch, the Thunderbird team proved they have what it takes. When the 3.0-branch is stable, I might very well ditch Apple Mail in favor for it.'"

+ - SPAM: Looking for the cheapest email hosting service?

mvip writes: "While most Slashdot readers prefer to hack together their private email server out of spare parts from the 80's, that may not fly at work. Let's say you're looking for a new Exchange provider that offers 99.99% SLA, or perhaps the cheapest Green email provider that supports IMAP to align with your new company policies. You will then quickly realize Google is not the best tool for the task. Email Service Guide is a new searchable database that features over 170 different email plans to help you to find the cheapest plan based on your particular needs."
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