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20 April 2006 @ 09:45 am
Geeky question: IMAP  
So, anysize.org is finally getting an IMAP server. It's like POP3 but more secure. I'm looking at Cyrus IMAP, Courier IMAP, and UW-IMAP. University of Washington makes Pine, which I've been happy with for a few decades. Any thoughts? Other suggestions?
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Jenniferchirik on April 20th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
It's not more secure. Actually, various IMAP servers have had a variety of remote root compromises. The current versions are fairly secure as far as I know, though.

It is more featureful.

Many of the various IMAP servers are mailstore dependent. Do you mbox, maildir, etc? That'll limit your choice. Going off the top of my head, for mbox, uw-imap is a good traditional choice, but there are others. I think courier is maildir specific. Cyrus is meant to work with the Cyrus mail system. I've also played with dovecot, as a POP3 server, but it also has an IMAP server and handles caching on the server, which should provide a speed benefit.

Lots of choices.
TJcheeseboy on April 20th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
I'm at 12 years of using pine. :) I like it.
SarahEmm: AlternateOstrichsarahemm on April 20th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
kitrich.net runs UW... seems to work well as i have no complaints from users :)
personally though, i SSH in and use pine :)
King of New Beginingssylvan on April 20th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
I've been using UW-IMAP with my my UW account and have been quite happy with it.
chucklemagne on April 21st, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
I am also among those using UW-IMAP. It was recommended to me as being the simplest to configure for basic use. I haven't had any issues with it.
Gnowun Unognowun on April 21st, 2006 09:19 am (UTC)
The only IMAP server that I used was Cyrus. You can use it with squirrel for webmail or it also works with pine, elm and mutt.