yum upgrade trouble

Stephen Swaney steve at fsl.com
Tue Aug 19 15:07:44 IST 2008

JC Putter wrote:
> Why pay for something that is already "free-beer" and easy to deploy?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mailscanner-bounces at lists.mailscanner.info
> [mailto:mailscanner-bounces at lists.mailscanner.info] On Behalf Of Tom G.
> Christensen
> Sent: 19 August 2008 09:06 AM
> To: MailScanner discussion
> Subject: Re: yum upgrade trouble
> Stephen Swaney wrote:
>> Jan-peter,
>> We'll shortly be announcing a version of MailScanner with all related
>> applications that is completely rpm based using our own yum
>> repositories. MailScanner, SpamAssassin, Razor ClamAV, DCC and Bayes
>> (using Postgres) will all be installed on CentOS 5 / RH 5 simply by
> running:
>>     yum -y groupinstall MailScannerGold
>> Best of all of the Perl Packages and all of their dependencies are
>> separated from the system libraries. This allows MailScanner and the
>> related applications as well as the system itself to be safely updated
>> by simply running;
>>       yum -y update
>> Now more Perl conflicts since our schema eliminates all of the Perl
>> related problems.
>> This will be a subscription based service with IP based secure keys
>> required to access the repositories. Along with access to the
>> repositories, subscribers will receive reduced support hourly rates.
>> It will be available for testing very shortly. What do you think?
> Technically I like it, we shall see about the pricing though.
> Will the src.rpms be available to all or only to customers?
> -tgc
The distribution will be based on the rpms in a yum groupinstall package 
and only available for Red Hat 5.x and CentOS 5.x. It's relatively easy 
to migrate MailScanner from any OS to the MailScannerGold package since 
the full install of the operating system and all MailScanner related 
applications take about an hour and most of that time is unattended. 
After that its just a matter of moving configuration files.

We're trying to price this service so that it's attractive based on the 
fact that it's less expensive to subscribe than paying for the time it 
would take a system admin to keep the MailScanner system fully up to 
date. That way it's your choice on what is the most cost effective way 
to keep your  systems up to date. And MailScanner of course, will always 
be a free open source application.

We are working to have the announcement of the service with full details 
and pricing ready in a week or two.

Best regards,


Steve Swaney
steve at fsl.com
Cell: 202 352.3262
Office:  202 595.7760, ext 601

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