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By yarik ·
Sorry if it's a dummy question. I need to share the same POP3 account among several workstations. Server is NT4 and stations are win98. What would be the best solution to do this? To share internet connection we use WinGate. For HTML it works fine, but it doesn't want to do so for mail.
I may consider migrating to Linux as a server, will it be easier then or harder?

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Well, you offer a nice catch22. After all, normal POP behaviour is to MOVE a msg to the local store after fetching - which would mean all Win98 stations would only have part of the messages? Probably solvable by redirecting the message store to the file server.
Getting POP/SMTP on workstations to reach the outside connection has two routes:
a) Gateway/proxy, similar to what Wingate does for HTTP. WinProxy is a sample application for this (also does HTTP).
b) Network Address Translation, which would also mean you'd have to throw WinGate out. In NAT (implemented in Win98 and W2K Internet Connection Sharing), each workstation thinks it talks directly with the outside Internet. Can be complex to setup, at least ICS has this name.
Linux's NAT is as complex as that of MS; I don't know about gateway/proxy apps for Linux, certainly they will exist.

Have fun,
<Erik> / The Netherlands

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