Listserve and WWW site info on a home PC

Amedee Van Gasse (Ubuntu) amedee-ubuntu at
Tue Jun 9 10:22:09 UTC 2009

On Tue, June 9, 2009 03:34, CLIFFORD ILKAY wrote:

> Most ISPs prohibit servers in their TOS and those that don't, even if
> they allowed you to send an unrestricted number of emails, you'll find that
> many of the ISPs of your list subscribers will reject mail originating
> from IP blocks assigned to home connections. Even getting a "business"
> connection doesn't help in many cases. For instance, Rogers, the cable ISP
> in our area, offers both residential and "business" service. Other than
> double the cost, there is no difference between the latter and the former.
> Mail originating from Rogers IP addresses are
> bounced by many other ISPs because they originate from "dial-up"
> connections.
> The only reliable way around this is to host your domain with a hosting
> provider. I'm not telling you this just because I run a hosting provider
> but because we've helped many people in situations similar to your's
> before. You're not going to have much satisfaction doing this from home.

I agree with the previous answer.
My previous ISP, Telenet, prohibits running servers, and they even block
every incoming port below 1024. Including ports 80 and 443, the default
ports for http and https. Outgoing port 25 is also blocked so a customer
cannot run his own mail server.

My solution was to get an el cheapo hosting solution. Over the years this
has evolved and now I'm sharing a full-blown dedicated server with 4
people (using Xen virtualisation).
I am sure that you will find what you need (and a lot more) somewhere in
the price range of €2-€20 per month. In this price range you can find
anything from a domain name with simple shared hosting with php and one
database, to virtual private servers that behave as your own complete
server. Stay away from the low end, this is usually bad service, and the
high end is usually overpriced.

For www services, Apache is the obvious solution.
For mailing lists, I recommend mailman. Mailman can be configured to
archive all posts, and the archive can be consulted over web. The Ubuntu
mailing list is an example.


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