[Freedombox-discuss] [GSoC21] Interest in FreedomBox email project

Fioddor Superconcentrado fioddor at gmail.com
Sun Apr 11 21:34:50 BST 2021

> > Formally, our target are home servers (family and friends). Small
> > organisations are benefiting from FreedomBox, but if requirements are
> > incompatible, go for the small SoC computers.
> I would like to make home servers the target of my proposal. But
> FreedomBox can (already) offer benefits to organisations with more
> users:

Of course.

* The ability to migrate easily.
>   Many commercial offerings set arbitrary limits on e.g. the number of
>   accounts or set their pricing based on those, so they also make it
>   deliberately hard to migrate to something else.
>   If an organisation "outgrows" FreedomBox, they should be able to copy
>   their mailboxes and configuration to another system, without the
>   inconvenience of all users having to reconfigure their email software,
>   and we should even provide documentation on how to do that.
>   (This way, we may get fewer bug reports that email on the FreedomBox
>   is too slow with 1000 users :) ).
> * The ability to integrate.
>   If a FreedomBox administrator needs a bigger email server, we should
>   not prevent them from continuing to administer user accounts on the
>   FreedomBox whilst actually hosting email on a separate server.
>   (This could be an argument to use MariaDB/PostgreSQL for that, but it
>   should not be the only reason. Maybe it makes our testing easier.)
>   The standard / minimal working email setup should hopefully be clear
>   from our specification, so that an administrator can replicate it, and
>   make informed choices on e.g. using a different MTA for performance
>   reasons.
>   An application like RoundCube doesn't really care if mails are stored
>   locally or anywhere else, that just needs to be configurable.
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