spam assassin?

Posted on 2005-04-29
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I'm looking into setting up spam assassin on my network.   I have exchange 2000 box running and would like to filter all email to spam assassin then forward it to exchange.

My question is which version of Linux should I run?  My experience is limited on Linux.....I've played around on Redhat 9 but since that’s not supported anymore I didn't want to use it.  Also will I need to make it a server?  


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'server' doesn't really mean the same thing in linux...you can have RedHat 9 running as a server, or as your desktop, it's up to you.

they do now classify 'desktop' or 'server' distros, mostly based on how cutting-edge the packages and patches are

If you have some budget, I'd get RedHat Enterprise Linux personally, but that's what I've used most. Since you want support, then that would make sense to me. SuSE will also have support from Novell, but I won't recommend it, simply because I don't use it personally. :)
CentOS is a free clone of RHEL...I've used it some, it's good. So if you want a free OS, then that's an option...but CentOS doesn't do 'support' in the same sense that RedHat and Novell do.

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sorry...I meant support as in updates for the OS....the Linux box will also be running on a windows domain....so if I left it as a desktop I could still run spam assassin without a problem?

Also what about Fedora or debian, would either of those work?
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-so if I left it as a desktop I could still run spam assassin without a problem?
See my first comment...the linux kernel is the linux kernel. Whether it's a 'desktop' or a 'server' is just a matter of which packages you have installed, and what hardware you're using. Do you mean 'desktop' as in the hardware? Just make sure that you have the network throughput and processing power to handle the amount of messages that have to be processed by the machine.

- Also what about Fedora or debian, would either of those work?
I don't see why not, but I wouldn't recommend Fedora, simply because it's not designed to be as stable as RHEL. I never use debian, so no comment.

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