f-prot's new mailbox licensing model

Evert Ford richard_cipher at YAHOO.COM
Tue Jun 10 17:33:56 IST 2003

Julian gave you his non-objective opinion.  Here is my opinion:
I am running Redhat 7.2 with the latest version of Mailscanner, and
spammassassin 2.54 and f-prot 3.13

My original setup of spamassassin with procmail took me about 2 hours to get
working.  On top of that, I had to spend time tweaking procmail and sendmail
for whitelisting and blacklisting.  I would say total time was 4 hours.

It took me 15 minutes to get MS+spamassassin+f-prot up and running,
including the time needed to tweak the config files.

Even if virus-scanning were done elsewhere, what would it hurt to use a
setup like this with ClamAV instead of f-prot?  "Free" and "Open Source" are
beautiful things.

Evert Ford
General-Purpose Computer Guy
Westone Laboratories

-----Original Message-----
From: MailScanner mailing list [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK]On
Behalf Of Julian Field
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: f-prot's new mailbox licensing model

I probably can't be regarded as being completely objective in this area,
but I think most people will agree that deploying SpamAssassin by
installing MailScanner is *much* easier than playing around with all the
procmail/spamc/spamd setups that people get into trying to deploy
SpamAssassin on its own. You can get it all up and running in about 10
minutes flat.

If you don't want any filename checking or virus scanning at all, just set
"Virus Scanning = no" in /etc/MailScanner/MailScanner.conf.
To enable SpamAssassin (once you have installed it, and you don't need to
set up spamc or spamd or anything like that), just set "Use SpamAssassin =
yes" in MailScanner.conf.

At 16:47 10/06/2003, you wrote:
>Actually, the impression I had was that Rishi may already have antivirus
>scanning elsewhere.
>Whether he does or not, that's the situation I'm concerned with - I want to
>filter spam ONLY, as an incoming relay for a set of destination servers
>already have their own antivirus software installed.
>I'm evaluating options at this point, for a spam filter - are there any
>features that the mailscanner+spamassassin combo has beyond what
>spamassassin has on its own?  I suppose there's really not much point in
>this message - I'm going to try mailscanner regardless - but if anyone is
>the oppinion that mailscanner+spamassassin isn't worth the additional
>versus just spamassassin unless it's used for antivirus stuff, then I'd
>appreciate hearing that (even off list).
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Spicer, Kevin [mailto:Kevin.Spicer at BMRB.CO.UK]
>Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 6:47 AM
>Subject: Re: f-prot's new mailbox licensing model
> > Is this a good idea?
> > Also, can it be done?
>IMHO The costs of virus scanning (from one of the cheaper vendors) are
>considerably less than the impact in terms of support time and lost
>productivity or just one mass mailing work getting through (been there,
>that!).  It could also be a difficult decision to justify later!
>Even running just Clam (which is free) will help (although they are not
>always up to date)
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