[Mimedefang] Fedora to replace sendmail with Exim as default MTA?

Michael Sims michaels at crye-leike.com
Wed Feb 23 10:08:05 EST 2005

David F. Skoll wrote:
> On Wed, 23 Feb 2005, Kenneth Porter wrote:
>> <https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2005-February/msg01027.html>
> Huh.  I've already become so fed up with Red Hat that I'm switching to
> Debian anyway.

Already did that, about 2-3 months ago.  All my servers are running Debian Sarge,
except for one that is still on RHEL due to a support contract for our SAN
connectivity.  Debian is a refreshing change from Red Hat, IMHO.  I've found it to
be less crufty and much more consistent.

> (Exim is the default on Debian, but it's easy to
> replace it with Sendmail.)

I have to admit that I just don't understand all of the anti-Sendmail sentiment I
see all over various mailing lists and forums such as Slashdot.  Everytime the
subject comes up there are tons of people saying "the absolute worst thing you can
do is run Sendmail" or "there's no excuse for running Sendmail because there are
much better alternatives", etc.  I actually *LIKE* Sendmail.  Maybe it's just due to
familiarity and comfort, but I have absolutely no interest in using any other MTA.
Of course MIMEDefang is a big part of that, but it's not all of it.  I think if you
stick to the mc files and treat the cf files like machine-readable data as opposed
to human-readable, Sendmail is actually pretty easy to understand.  I'm sure its
security record could be better, but then again I keep my machines updated and I've
yet to be hacked via a Sendmail vulnerability.

I usually end up staying out of those discussions because I'm not big on religious
wars but I always feel like I'm just about the only one out there that prefers
Sendmail to these other MTAs...

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