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SolutionBase: Setting up a pop server with SuSE Linux and Webmin

By Jack Wallen

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Many companies prefer to host their own mail servers. They're cost-effective, easy to maintain, and easy to control. But many companies hesitate when they see the cost of hosting with proprietary software. On top of the cost, most proprietary software needs to be run on top of an operating system known for heavy babysitting requirements.

Fortunately the open source community has a solution. And the solution doesn't have to be in the form of hand-editing a bunch of configuration files. With the help of OpenSuSE 10.2, Webmin, and Dovecot you can have a pop server up and running in no time and with ease.


The most difficult part of this setup will be the installation of the required software. For the purposes of this article, I'm running on a full install OpenSuSE 10.2. But even the full install doesn't have everything we need. YaST has everything required for LDAP, Apache, DNS, DHCP, NFS servers (and more). But for some reason, it lacks mail servers. It can deal with mail delivery (via Sendmail), but nothing more. So, the first thing we have to do is install some tools.

I realize the purpose of this article is to be able to setup the mail server via GUI, but we're going to have to deal with the command line (my favorite tool) for much of the installation.

Here's what you need:

  • Webmin
  • Dovecot
  • MySQL-shared-compat
  • mysql-shared
  • devs
Download each of the rpms and place them in the same directory. Now, click on the Computer menu. You'll see the screen shown.

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By Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic, The New Stack, and Linux New Media. He's covered a variety of topics for over twenty years and is an avid promoter of open source. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen....