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I'm looking for a good open source Linux mailserver for a small (internet) company. Which is still updated frequently. I'm developing the website with PHP and MySQL if that's important. Anybody any idea(s)?


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can't go wrong with postfix. – imm Mar 4 '12 at 21:11
postfix is RHEL6 default now so it isn't going anywhere. That also means a lot of enterprise support. – Belmin Fernandez Mar 4 '12 at 21:27
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@lain, what do you mean shopping recommendations??? – Nima Mar 6 '12 at 14:13
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Postfix. It's very reliable, still developed and used by many mail servers. Most Linux platforms support it. Works fine with php and mysql. If not postfix, then check qmail: same same but different.

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For god's sake, don't use qmail unless you have a very good reason: and that's from 5 years ago. qmail is even more out of date now. – cjc Mar 4 '12 at 21:33
-1 QMail hasn't been updated in about 13 years. It's pretty much irresponsible to recommend it at this point. – Chris S Mar 4 '12 at 22:10
Oops. I didn't know qmail was outdated. So then I only recommend postfix. – öde Mar 5 '12 at 17:09

you could use Dovecot IMAP Server.

If you need to integrate it with your website / intranet based on PHP/MySQL, you can use the class

Works with Postfix and EXIM, too.

hope this helps!

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Postfix and Exim are the two most common mail servers for Linux. I use Exim without any problem ever, but I thing people using Postfix don't have problem either.
Other choices include qmail. Very famous too because of its origin. A little less common.

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QMail hasn't been updated in something like 13 years. I don't know why people even mention it let alone recommend it. – Chris S Mar 4 '12 at 22:09
@ChrisS ...let alone roll it into default CentOS 6 VPS images like what I just got. :'( – Wesley Mar 5 '12 at 0:19

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