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Webmail Software.
hotmail style website software?

 3:27 am on Sep 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Can anyone suggest any solutions for webmail software? I am looking at setting up a free hotmail style email service to one of my sites.
Preferably free.



 2:47 pm on Sep 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

That's so weird... I've just spent the last half hour researching this EXACT topic and then happened to stumble across this post! Lucky you! Here are the fruits of my labour:

The biggest and baddest of them seems to be Horde-Imp. It seems that many universities use it for their webmail interface (my own uni included). It does seem fairly complex though.

A solution that seems slightly simpler, although not as feature-rich, seems to be squirrelmail. I've got no experience with this, although many ISP's offer it as their webmail solution.

There is another one called neomail, but I haven't found out much about it yet.

I haven't installed any of them, this is just from what I've learned surfing various websites. I don't know how easy it is to add new users or how this would need to tie in with your ISP. From what I can tell, all the above scripts are free.


 3:00 pm on Sep 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Those mentioned ..
They are frequently already installed on servers ..and are one of the nicest simplest ways in for noobie hackers ...DONT!

If you find you already have them take em off or ask your host to do so ..this will help prevent you being used for spam relays ..and waking up to find some group from Brazil or Indonesia "Ownz U"


 3:18 pm on Sep 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

But surely their popularity and the fact that they're open-source means that most of the security flaws would have already been fixed? Or be in the process of being fixed. Although I suppose that it could be like whatever that php bulletin board is that's forever being hacked on a daily basis!

Also, it surprises me that so many educational institutions are using it; maybe their techies have just secured it enough to be able to use it without getting 'owned' :-)

Does anyone have any other (more secure) suggestions?


 4:32 pm on Sep 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I use a program called the Merak Mail Server, which I like very much. Good, no great, web interface.

But you have to pay for it. Their staff likes to eat and get paid.


 2:13 am on Sep 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'd actually started looking into Horde just after I posted this message. I noticed that my hosting provider offers both it and squirrel as options for viewing my own email. The security issue is a bit of a worry though.

Any other suggestions?


 9:17 pm on Sep 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you want to offer email to your users, try Gossamer Mail. I've used it for a number of years.


 8:57 pm on Oct 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

does any of these comes with anti-spam filter?


 4:31 pm on Oct 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Squirlmail is pretty good and free.



 12:00 pm on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Try OpenWebmail.

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