Default MTA for Fedora 7

Nicolas Mailhot nicolas.mailhot at
Sat Feb 17 13:32:18 UTC 2007

David Nielsen a écrit :
> lør, 03 02 2007 kl. 16:47 +0100, skrev Thomas M Steenholdt:
>> I noticed that Exim is being installed as the default MTA, at least on 
>> the Desktop installation of Fedora 7 test1. Is this change intentional? 
>> I can't seem to find it mentioned anywhere?!?
> What in a desktop install could possibly require an MTA.. it seems a bit
> daft to me.
A fetchmail -> local mta with spam filtering -> local imap server

will do wonders on a desktop system. Benefits over using mail client 
spam filtering :

- it just works
- you don't have to reconfigure the filtering each time you switch mail 
clients or upgrade them
- you can use as many mail/webmail clients in parallel over the same 
backend as you want
- it filters even when the user session is closed, no need to wait 
minutes for the mail client to digest new mails in the morning
- it can be wickedly more efficient than GUI stuff
- it just works

What's daft is not using a full MTA but serverising mail clients so they 
process stuff in the background (except you lose as soon as you close 
your GUI sessions, GUI writers don't know zip about keeping 
compatibility, the GUI clients fight each other,  the good spam filters 
are server-side, etc etc) The MTA config time investment is quickly repaid

The huge webmail wins these past years are directly linked to their 
server-side spam processing and the PITA GUI mail client SPAM filtering is

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