Default MTA for various distros
paul at welshfamily.com
Fri Mar 17 23:08:43 GMT 2006
I'm shortly to buid a mail server that will be housed in an office and
protected by a separate firewall. Once again, I have to choose which distro
to go with. It boils down to CentOS or Debian because security patches will
be available for these for the longest time (CentOS 4 till Feb 2012 and for
Debian "about one year after the next stable distribution has been
released"). OpenSUSE will be updated for 2 years. CentOS is therefore my
I'm pretty sure that Debian uses Exim as its default MTA. CentOS uses, I
believe, Sendmail but also has Postfix and Exim installed. SUSE uses
Postfix by default.
RH9 is the distro I have most experience of, though I am in the process of
configuring CentOS running Exim (it comes with the DirectAdmin control
panel) and it hasn't been too much of a headache so far.
However, from my experience with MailScanner and Exim, I gained the strong
impression that MailScanner's "default" MTA is Sendmail.
So, when all's said and done I think CentOS + Sendmail is my favoured
combination. Anyone think that's a mistake?
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