Mailbox access in a small home network?

Brant Fitzsimmons brant at
Fri Oct 14 12:55:48 UTC 2005

Niki Kovacs wrote:

>We have a small home LAN recently converted to Ubuntu. I work mainly on
>the same desktop PC, but sometimes also on my Laptop. For email, I use
>Is there a way to store my mail centrally on some sort of server
>application, so I can access it remotely (that is: internally in the
>LAN, not from the Internet)?
>Let me describe naively what I want to do. Normally I manage all my
>email on the desktop PC. Say I have to go away for a week. I'd like to
>synchronise my desktop PC's mailbox with my laptop, so my laptop has all
>the emails that are on the desktop.
>During my vacation, the laptop is my main computer. I connect it
>sometimes at hotspots and check my mail. When I come home a week or so
>later, my laptop is the more up-to-date computer, so I want to
>synchronise again. Only, the other way around this time, so the desktop
>PC can retrieve all the mail that is on the laptop.
>And then, from here, is there a possibility that I can check my email
>(still with Evolution) from any computer on the LAN?
>Niki Kovacs


I would recommend the IMAP server Dovecot.  You can then set your laptop
and any other device to synchronize mail with the server allowing you to
take the mail with you.

Brant Fitzsimmons
brant at
"Strange times are these in which we live when the old and the
young are taught falsehoods in the schools of learning. And the one
man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and
a fool."

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