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Review: SuSE Linux eMail Server III - page 2

Introducing SuSE Linux eMail Server III

  • March 28, 2002
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

SuSE Linux eMail Server III is a commercial product, but until Linux worms its way even more into the mainstream you're not likely to see it on a store shelf near you. You can order the boxed set including the following directly from SuSE's web site (www.suse.com) for $999 or use the site to locate a nearby SuSE reseller:

  • 3 floppies: various boot assist media
  • 2 CD-ROMs: installation media and source code
  • 3 manuals: "SuSE Linux eMail Server III," "SuSE Linux Enterprise Server Administration," and "SuSE Linux System and Reference Manual."

Rather than having a downloadable version available, SuSE offers an online demonstration through their web site. So if you're interested, go take a look!

What's Different

As I mentioned in my previous article, I don't know anyone who would purchase a commercial product for Linux if it doesn't offer significant bonuses over the free programs available in the open source world. What, aside from a GUI front end (which might be enough right there for some), does SuSE Linux eMail Server III offer that you can't get by setting up Sendmail or another popular free and open source mail server yourself? Let's see:

  • Mail server installation integrated with YaST2 administration tool.
  • Administration through web interface
  • Configuration through web interface
  • Postfix configuration through web interface
  • Web interface for mail monitoring
  • Web interface for LDAP management
  • Multidrop
  • Integrated DNS management
  • Webmail
  • Shared group access
  • Additional security features enabled out of the box
  • TLS protocol encryption
  • HTTPS support
  • One year of maintenance included
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