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Black Mage
December 17th, 2007, 01:49 PM
I'm currently doing some computer work for a charitable orgranization(so I'm getting paid a wooping $0.00) and I'm setting up a Ubuntu Server since they do not have money to afford an Microsoft server. I think this is one of those chances where Linux is going to prove itself to be another solution than going with Microsoft.

I've set up a Linux server before, but never a mail server. I'm pretty familar with command line as the last server I had/have is all in commannd line. I was reading a tutorial for setting up Email Server using Ubuntu and it seemed like a lot of command.

So basically I need an easy way of setting up a mail server that they can use because they are not Linux Guru's. Is there an easy way of setting up a ubuntu Linux server? With Gui?

depele
December 17th, 2007, 02:27 PM
A very good how to site.

just a hint.

http://www.howtoforge.com/howtos/email

grtz..

Sayers
December 17th, 2007, 02:42 PM
From what I've seen on the email subject, it seems only worth the efforrt if your going to have a lot of email traffic, obviously you will, but I have never seen a decently easy email system for 1-20 people. Anyhow, good luck and don't get to mad.

Dragonbite
December 17th, 2007, 05:15 PM
You can also look at Google Apps. They have a free version that is slightly limited.

You can compare the options here : http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/admins/editions_spe.html (http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/admins/editions_spe.html).

I am curious as to which you go with, though.

Black Mage
December 17th, 2007, 05:35 PM
Ok, how about a free mail server for windows?

They got scared of the word Linux and want to stick with windows?

Dr Small
December 17th, 2007, 05:40 PM
Scare the fear of lack of security into their heads, if they use Windows :p

Sayers
December 17th, 2007, 05:47 PM
Not to dabble in your charity work but if they don't trust you what is the benefit.

KCPokes
December 17th, 2007, 05:51 PM
My suggestion is to look at an all-in-one solution. You can use whatever distro you like for the OS, but there are complete packages that will provide you email, antivirus, spam filtering, etc...

I know the two that are suggested most in the forums are:

Citadel - http://www.citadel.org/doku.php
Zimbra - http://www.zimbra.com (personally this is my choice; I've been running it for a couple years now with no issues)

There are others that exist, so you might want to research some more, but these are the two that I've seen suggested the most, on these forums at least.

Black Mage
December 17th, 2007, 07:48 PM
Not to dabble in your charity work but if they don't trust you what is the benefit.

Well, its not me they don't trust, its Linux. The person who has me doing it said they did some research and then spoke about Linux like the return of Hitler. I offered to give her a try but she refused even that.

Alas I'm stuck with a Windows Server, and researching a free Windows Server App.

HermanAB
December 17th, 2007, 08:37 PM
I suggest that you find a different charity to do something for. Email on Windoze is a nightmare.

Cheers,

Herman

hkgonra
December 17th, 2007, 08:54 PM
I second the google apps vote.
It is just WAY too easy to setup and keep up with.
6gb of storage per user for FREE !!!
In fact if they are a 501c they can get the full version for free which has 25gb of storage.

thumbmaster021
August 6th, 2008, 08:00 PM
The person who has me doing it said they did some research and then spoke about Linux like the return of Hitler.

Wait, they think Linux is the return of Hitler??? I thought that was Vista :P.

Friday
August 6th, 2008, 11:27 PM
The person who has me doing it said they did some research and then spoke about Linux like the return of Hitler.
I speechless on this one. This "person" has got to have the brain of an ant.

In any case, I'm deploying a citadel box this week. I hope I've made the right choice. Zimbra looks great, but citadel runs leaner, and not too many will even use the webcit interface. They have their own front end via an ADP CRM tool.

artcancro
August 7th, 2008, 05:04 AM
Good choice. Citadel has a nice lean resource footprint, despite its feature completeness. And if you need any help, you'll find that the support forum for Citadel is really friendly and very helpful!