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    Michigan, US
    Ubuntu 6.06

    HOWTO: Send and Receive Hotmail through Evolution

    Okay everyone, after digging around in these forums and googling like I've never googled before, I figured out how to send and receive e-mail through hotmail using Evolution. I'm throwing together a rough HOWTO for others. If things need more clarification, let me know and I'll update it.

    First, make sure your system is up to date. Open up a terminal and type:

    sudo apt-get update
    Now, install the inet daemon

    sudo apt-get install inetutils-inetd
    This takes care of all of our dependencies. Now on to the good stuff...

    sudo apt-get install hotway hotsmtp
    This will install hotway, which allows you to read hotmail e-mails by simulating a POP3 server, and hotsmtpd, which allows you to send e-mail through hotmail using SMTP. By default, however, only hotway gets installed properly to your inet daemon, so let's fix this.

    sudo gedit /etc/inetd.conf
    Look for a line like this:

    pop3		stream	tcp	nowait	nobody	/usr/sbin/tcpd /usr/bin/hotwayd
    By default, hotway leaves a copy of each message it downloads on the server. I prefer it this way, so I can read my e-mail at other locations, but if you don't feel like filling up your hotmail box, change the line to add "-r" to the end, like this:

    pop3		stream	tcp	nowait	nobody	/usr/sbin/tcpd /usr/bin/hotwayd -r
    And we also need to add a line to get hotsmtpd working, just paste this at the bottom:

    2500		stream	tcp	nowait	nobody	/usr/sbin/tcpd /usr/bin/hotsmtpd
    This will set the inet daemon to listen to incoming calls on port 2500, and forward the connection to the hotsmtp daemon. Now, save your file, exit gedit, and restart your inetd server:

    sudo /etc/init.d/inetutils-inetd restart
    If everything is working properly, you'll see this pop up on your screen:

    * Restarting internet superserver inetd                            [ ok ]
    Now, close out of your terminal and start up Evolution. It may pop up the first-time use wizard, you can use that if you like. Or, you may have to go to Edit->Preferences and hit the Mail Accounts button on the left. However you choose to do it, here's your information:

    Email Address: (fill in your normal e-mail address that you use to login to hotmail)

    Receive Server type: POP
    Username: (same as above)
    Security: No encryption
    Authentication type: Password
    (Remember password checkbox is up to you)

    Send Server type: SMTP
    [X] Server requires authentication (check this box)
    Use Secure Connection: No encryption
    Authentication Type: PLAIN
    Username: (same as above)
    (Optional Remember password checkbox)
    Last edited by Indras; July 8th, 2006 at 05:43 AM.

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