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What Alternatives Are There to Microsoft?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:23 pm    Post subject: What Alternatives Are There to Microsoft? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:25 pm    Post subject: Alternative MTAs Reply with quote

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Author: rwelty

you reference two well known MTAs, sendmail and qmail, but neglect to mention two other well regarded alternatives, exim (http://www.exim.org/) and postfix (http://www.postfix.org/). i'm personally a big fan of exim, and postfix gets good reviews as well. you should definitely add them to the list of MTAs to be reviewed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:29 pm    Post subject: Hotmail Alterantive Reply with quote

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Author: stevenlego

What you guys said at KMFMS' "Alterantives" section about Hotmail was this: "When selecting a web based email service, you absolutely do not want to use Hotmail. Forget for a moment the large number of security holes that have been uncovered in the Hotmail service (including one that allowed anybody to read the email from any Hotmail account without using a password). An even bigger problem is that by using Hotmail you are very likely to become victim of Microsoft's typical lock-in tactics at some point in the not-too-distant future. MSN has locked out non Microsoft browsers before, forcing people to use Internet Explorer, so what happens if Hotmail starts doing this too? Don't think for a second that it doesn't matter because you use IE anyway - what happens when you're traveling and you stop to check your email via the web? What if you're visiting a friend who uses Netscape or you're at a web kiosk that uses Linux underneath for security purposes? You won't be able to use IE, which means you won't be able to use services that require IE. "

Ok, I understand all of this crap, but what is the real reason WHY people go to Yahoo! Mail? Cause of the SPAM!!!!!!! I left Hotmail cause the low storage and the spam, I have MSN 8 and the "anti-spam" crap is nothing, MSN 8 still brings me spam in my inbox. I like the Hotmail interface compare to Yahoo! cause if I had unread messages in my trash, it would tell me, and if I clicked on empty, Hotmail gave me the Javascript (yes, I know it's a Micro$oft invention) saying if I am sure to empty the trash. So the point is the real reason why people go to alterantives not cause of the techie issues, but cause of the spam.
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Author: peanutt

The alternatives article is ancient. You need to do an updated review of Mac OS X. It's grown a lot since 1998/99 and the days of OS X Server 1.0. Take a look at 10.2 Server or Client. And 10.3 is coming later this month. It's definitely a popular and effective alternative to Windows and it's UNIX core provides a good starting point for users who may eventually grow up to use advanced CLI features. What could be better?
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