MailScanner Gold Production yum repository released

Julian Field MailScanner at
Tue Dec 2 18:48:26 GMT 2008

We’re very happy to announce the availability of our new MailScanner 
Gold Production yum repository subscription service for Red Hat and 
CentOS 5.x operating systems. This FSL yum repository system provides 
all of the 70+ applications and Perl modules required to install and 
maintain MailScanner, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, Razor, DCC and a MySQL Bayes 
database in easy to use rpm formats.

All of the Perl modules required by MailScanner, SpamAssassin and Razor 
have been carefully designed to:
1. Be built with and kept up to date with all of the proper Perl module 
dependencies, including dependencies of dependencies
2. Co-exist with the Operating System’s Perl modules.

It is now possible to safely update the Operating System and all 
MailScanner related applications without fear of creating Perl module 
dependency problems.
Quickly and safely updating the Operating System, MailScanner and all 
applications is simply a `yum update` command.

And we have tried to provide this service at a price that makes it 
affordable. Standard pricing will be $40 per month for the first server 
and $30 per month for each additional server if paid yearly in advance. 
A quarterly payment plan will also be available for a small additional 

But for the next 30 days there will be special pricing for members of 
any official MailScanner mailing list; just $30 per month for the first 
server and $20 per month for each additional server if paid yearly in 

And there are other, not so obvious benefits to using the repository. 
The repository provides the ability to quickly install or restore a 
gateway without needing a full backup. Start with a minimal OS load (20 
minutes), restoring a few critical directories (well you have to backup 
something, 15 minutes) and then run `yum groupinstall MailScannerGold` 
(5 minutes!). You can be back up and running or easily install an 
additional gateway in less than an hour.

The production repository will be updated with new rpms after one month 
of testing by the FSL team and our beta MailScannerGold testers. Any 
security or urgent patches will be applied as they become available and 
can be tested. Announcements of upgrades and patches will be made via 
the FSL repository subscriber’s mailing list.

And the FSL team is available to provide any level of support you need 
to install the subscription or assist with day to day problems at 
reduced hourly rates for MailScanner Gold Customers.
Please contact info at for more information or to sign up.

Julian Field MEng CITP CEng
Chief Technology Officer
Fort Systems Ltd

Steve Swaney
Fort Systems Ltd.
steve at

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