[OT] new sendmail release, ever?

Michael H. Warfield mhw at WittsEnd.com
Sun Aug 9 16:45:52 IST 2009

On Thu, 2009-08-06 at 22:44 +0200, Alex Broens wrote:
> On 8/6/2009 10:34 PM, Glenn Steen wrote:
> > 2009/8/6 Alex Neuman van der Hans <alex at rtpty.com>:
> >> Meh. Back in my day, we used to have to wait a week for e-mail. A local BBS
> >> would batch things up and run on the weekend at 2AM when the price for long
> >> distance was lower. Uphill. Both ways. In the snow.
> >>
> > .... Anyone else but me remember the dreary state of the atlantic line
> > during the mid-80:s? IIRC it was a 19.2 kbps (smoking hot!:-) modem
> > connection... No email over the size of 50KiB was allowed...

> I ran a Fido gateway for many years...16 nodes... first modems I used 
> for it were 14400 coz 9600 were getting too slow to push demos over the 
> Atlantic.

	My site was one of the "ARNO" (Atlanta Regional Network Organizations)
which used uucp mail (bang path anyone) to gateway E-Mail from a couple
of Universities, Emory and Georgia Tech, here in Atlanta Georgia out to
the broader cloud of uucp sites.  One of my connections was to gisatl,
the Fido gateway here in this area.

	I started out with SMail and actually had contributed some patches to
SMail 3 in the early days (fixes to some "% hack" bugs).

	I've also used and deployed MMDF.  Anyone remember that behemoth?
Sometimes referred to as "Military Mail" because the Military loved it.
Arguably the most secure E-Mail package around.  It only had a single
security advisory in its entire history.  QMail has had more (in spite
of, or maybe because of, threats and uglyness from DJB).

	We use to refer to Sendmail as the "bug of the month club" but I use it
now.  SMail got more complicated and Sendmail got stable and added the
m4 configurations and got the performance up on par with Postfix and
QMail.  I don't think there's a major MTA I haven't deployed and done
something with.  I've just stuck with Sendmail.

> .... those were the days... each email which actually made it thru all 
> the Fido nodes and reached the recipient triggered a celebration.

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