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Re: Looking for a perl webmail

by diakonos (Hermit)
on Oct 13, 2004 at 12:47 UTC ( #398842=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Looking for a perl webmail

We were faced with creating a web client that was "fully featured". The problem we had was "fully featured" meant that it was a web based Outlook clone that would attach to an Exchange 5.5 server.

You really must know what features that the user(s) want and see if it is feasable. With the above scenario that was more work than it was worth.

If you are looking for a Perl based webclient that runs on a webserver I have had much success with a NeoMail client (fully Perl) on some other webservers I maintain. You can even upload your address book from popular email clients. Now this may not be as fully featured as having a commercial email client running on the local PC but it seems to meet many needs. If you are looking for spam control then I strongly encourage you to go the route of spamassassin (which is also Perl based) as mentioned earlier. If configured correctly it is the best on the market.

Writing your own will take some time, especially if you are trying to "tackle" all of the features.

It is only worth 2 cents - Doug

Good Luck..

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Re^2: Looking for a perl webmail
by blahblah (Friar) on Oct 13, 2004 at 21:22 UTC
    Neomail pales in comparison to Openwebmail. Openwebmail runs setuid - true. However, you can wrap the setuid with C and it is perfectly safe. As a matter of fact, the FreeBSD port does this automatically on install.

    Openwebmail does not support IMAP or maildir. Not sure if this is an issue.

    It is fast and has a very nice interface. Everything is configurable very easily. You can turn off the webdisk for all users or on a per user basis. You have the same control over almost all features. The forum and development is active and helpful and the changelogs are current. Setup is as easy.

    I've used OWM for 3 years very happily. It has very good MIME support and also allows composing HTML messages via HTMLArea, built in. It has many many features that are very nice. I highly recommend reading the features link and checking it out. Tons of language support.

    Take notice that the screenshots on the site are old. The program looks much different than that currently.

    Also, vCard support and a full featured addressbook are coming soon according to the forum...

    blahblah (yes, I'm biased)

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