Home IMAP server

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at gmail.com
Thu Dec 28 18:00:21 UTC 2006

On 12/28/06, Scott <geekboy at angrykeyboarder.com> wrote:
> Dotan Cohen spake thusly on 12/25/2006 01:52 PM:
> > As I'll soon be getting a laptop, I need to move my mail from Kmail to
> > an IMAP server that I'll be running locally. I'll read mail from it in
> > Kmail both locally and on the laptop while away.
> >
> > What IMAP servers would the Ubuntu community recommend? What should I
> > know about the differences between them before I start? Thanks.
> >
> I only have one computer but I run multiple operating systems and wanted
> IMAP because of it.  After much investigation (including all the
> software mentioned in this thread) I became rather overwhelmed.  There
> is a *lot* of configuration involved.
> My solution? I switched to a provider that offers IMAP

I have the same situation but I decided to do BOTH. I took and old
computer running Ubuntu and installed dovecot and found it to be
fairly simple to set up (figuring out the security settings were the
hardest part). I use that for my email archives. I had already
switched my email to a provider that does IMAP (there are many -- I
use spamcop.com and fastmail.fm as well as the linux hosting company
jaguarpc.com). So I have my "current" mail on the email providers and
my archived mail on the Ubuntu box on my local network. I played
around with fetchmail but there are an overwhelming number of options
so I just read the mail on the "public" servers and then I archive to
my local server manually each month.

Unfortunately I got a little over ambitious, installing all sorts of
cool software, and now I've had to scale back the goodies on my little
server -- After all it's a throwaway Compaq Deskpro with a 200 Mhz
Pentium processor (I added a 200gigabyte hard drive), so it doesn't do
very well with memory and processor intensive things like backuppc.
But it serves up IMAP mail just great.

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