Linux mail server

Please kindly advise a dummie how to set up a Linux mail server in a MS network environment. Thanks.
ksfokAsked:
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cheesygit182Commented:
what distro are you trying to use?

~cheesygit182
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ksfokAuthor Commented:
Dummie doesn't know and is looking forward to advice.
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cheesygit182Commented:
aha. I guess you haven't experimented with linux before...
A distribution(or 'distro' for short) is one of the many different 'kinds' of linux. They are all pretty similar, but they are some clear-cut advantages/disadvantages, so make sure you choose the right one for you. Bear in mind that the majority are open source, making them completely free.
Please have a good read through this: http://www.linuxforums.org/reviews/overview_of_the_ten_major_linux_distributions.html
All distros run with the linux 'kernel', which was created by Linus Torvalds: http://www.kernel.org

Running a mail server shouldn't be too hard once you are familiar with linux. I strongly suggest you download, burn to a disk, and install SuSE linux(you can get it here: http://en.opensuse.org/Released_Version) - that is a distro that has a very easy to use GUI, but can be easily used as a workstation/server. As you are obviously a windows user, hopefully it won't be too hard to adjust to suse, as it very user-oriented.

~cheesygit182

P.S - once you ARE familiar with linux, check this out for how to set up a "perfect" server system:
http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect_setup_opensuse_10.2
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ksfokAuthor Commented:
Dummie now says he wants a small and simple one for a standalone  notebook with VS2005 on WIN XP pro to send out emails. Please advise.
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cheesygit182Commented:
ah, you want to run linux INSIDE windows?
Try Damn Small Linux - it is very small (50MB), so it should run efficiently on a virtual system. It can be downloaded from here: http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
As for a Mail Server, you can try these step-by-step instructions: http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect_setup_debian_sarge
(Damn Small Linux is Debian-based, so these instructions should work ok)

~cheesygit182
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