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    Open Source Gmail/Hotmail alternative?

    Hi all, I would like to know if there is such a thing as an open source alternative to Gmail or Hotmail. I'm talking about the actual email hosting site and email address, and not Thunderbird or Evolution.
    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Open Source Gmail/Hotmail alternative?

    I have a noob question: If Google open sourced their webmail code would that make it less secure because people would be able to examine the code for exploits?

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    Re: Open Source Gmail/Hotmail alternative?

    This article might have what you're looking for:

    Open Source Alternatives to Google
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    Re: Open Source Gmail/Hotmail alternative?

    build your own mail server

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    Re: Open Source Gmail/Hotmail alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by LowSky View Post
    build your own mail server
    Quite a conundrum if one is highly mobile/does not have the infrastructure in place. I guess it's the only viable option, though...
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    Re: Open Source Gmail/Hotmail alternative?

    Yeah, there's no real alternative for mail servers; but as linuxforartists pointed out, there's plenty of client alternatives.
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    Re: Open Source Gmail/Hotmail alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by LowSky View Post
    build your own mail server
    and run RoundCube or SquirrelMail?
    The above post definitely does not contain any sarcasm at all.

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    Re: Open Source Gmail/Hotmail alternative?

    So if there are no open source web accessible Gmail alternatives, what are the options for really private and secure email hosting? One that doesn't use keywords found within the email text to sell advertising would be something I'm interested in.
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    Re: Open Source Gmail/Hotmail alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by teejay17 View Post
    One that doesn't use keywords found within the email text to sell advertising would be something I'm interested in.
    OpenPGP encryption.
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    Re: Open Source Gmail/Hotmail alternative?

    I've used Lycos for years.

    I also have a new one called gawab. gawab.com I believe
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