[Freedombox-discuss] Hosting emails at home

Serge E. Hallyn serge at hallyn.com
Fri Jun 8 17:58:34 BST 2018

Quoting Dashamir Hoxha (dashohoxha at gmail.com):
> On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 2:16 PM, Natanael Arndt <arndtn at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Im using workaround.org ispmail tutorial. Its been around for a while and
> > it always uses debian stable
> >
> > https://workaround.org/ispmail
> >
> > It has an ansible repo at the end of the tutorial. Which is what i
> > integrated in my server ansible repo. Quite complete from my pov
> >
> >
> > So far did not have the time to setup my own mail server but my research
> > gave the following promising results:
> > - https://mailinabox.email/
> > - https://sealedabstract.com/code/nsa-proof-your-e-mail-in-2-hours/
> > - https://github.com/tomav/docker-mailserver
> > now also all of your suggestions can be added to my list :-)
> >
> I have come across these:
>  - https://iredmail.org/
>  - https://www.own-mailbox.com/
>  - https://leap.se/en/docs/platform/services/mx
> A few years ago I tried to setup a mail server on Google Cloud, using
> iRedMail,
> only to find out that Google Clod blocks the email ports.
> Has anybody tried to setup a mail server on a VPS on the cloud?
> What would you recommend?

I use a container on a server running at hetzner.de.  No issues.

In the past I had it running on rackspace.  That more frequently would
lead to emails being rejected because I shared a subnet with a known
spammer.  (Suppose I shouldn't be saying this or spammers will hear it
and move to hetzner and foul it up)

I can understand the sentiment that providing email support is not
high priority, but personally I feel that it's actually very important.
People are either giving all their data to the online mail providers,
or are using other services (social media of various forms) in place of
email.  Generally leading to other companies reading your data, and to
losing messages from several years ago when things are migrated.

A good implementation of local email plus backup in freedombox should
help people to keep their meaningful emails from 10 years ago.  (I
guess in general that would mean something like 'sup' to help with

But, of course, until I jump in and offer my time my opinion doesn't mean
all that much.


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