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Wannabe Geek


Topic # 11897 16-Feb-2007 23:25
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I am looking for an email Server (free or close to free) that has the following characteristics:

POP3/SMTP Support
IMAP Support
Web Mail Support
OpenLDAP Support
OpenSSL Support
Calendering Support (with Busy time search for selected users)
POSIX (or able to be compiled on Windows 2003)
Blackberry Enterprise Support (or able to allow Blackberry devices to talk to the server).


At the moment I have heard of two candidates that might fit the build.

1. Courier Server (but it doesn't support Blackberry)
2. Dovecot Server (http://www.dovecot.org/)

Does anyone know anymore about Dovecot Server in view of the above list. Or, does anyone know of any other product.


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  Reply # 61063 17-Feb-2007 08:29
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For how many users? For BES support you need Exchange/Domino/GroupWise - the first two aren't free, but there appears to be a GroupWise evaluation for 5 users which doesn't mention any expiring.

BlackBerry Internet (BIS) can pick up mail from quite a few differnet platforms, but POP3 & IMAP would be applicable in your situation if you went for something outside the big three.





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  Reply # 61140 18-Feb-2007 13:29
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Yes sorry I meant BlackBerry Internet (BIS) NOT Blackberry Enterprise.

Are all the others (and BIS) possible with Dovecot?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 61312 20-Feb-2007 11:27
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You'll probably have to use a a different package for webmail, like Squirrelmail, and another one for calendaring with most free servers. Courier is the most complete in that you get basic calendaring with the SqWebmail module, but its IMAP server uses the NAMESPACE extension that Blackberries don't understand.

However, you're probably looking at more complexity than just picking the features you need. For instance, you can't have an email server nowadays connected to the Internet without spam filtering, so you need to that into account as well.

Haven't tried it yet, but there's Zimbra which seems to do everything you want. Failing that, there's a huge number of very good Open Source alternatives to handle your email and general messaging needs... all you need is a bit of patience to try them out. :)






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  Reply # 61320 20-Feb-2007 12:50
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Yes I have looked at Zimbra but unfortunately it has two deficiencies:

1. It does not support OpenSSL out of the box (it does but you need to pay per client)
2. It does not work on Windows (any version) (and probably never will).

This is bad news as far as I am concerned, because it is a good package otherwise.

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  Reply # 61321 20-Feb-2007 12:55
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I'd be keen on Zimbra too, but there's no package for FreeBSD and the existing one uses non-standard file system locations that I'd rather not have.




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