Linux Format - AXIGEN 6.0

Published on June 26, 2008
Linux Format - AXIGEN 6.0

Ever wanted to set up a mail server on Linux but been frightened off by arcane commands and config files? Chris Brown investigates a pain-free alternative:

Axigen is a complete mail server solution. It provides SMTP, POP and IMAP servers, a skinnable webmail server, list server, hooks to anti-virus and anti-spam applications, and a calendar/diary tool. In terms of open source solutions, it’s roughly equivalent to Sendmail and Postfix, plus Dovecot, plus SquirrelMail.

The product is available for download from Axigen’s website. […] It installs into /opt/axigen and is one of the few third-party products that actually puts itself where the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard says it’s supposed to go!

Then there’s a wizard to run, which takes you through some basic one-time configurations. For example, you get to pick an administration password, specify the 'primary domain' that Axigen will serve and determine which services will run, and which interfaces and ports they’ll listen on. […] Once this is complete, you can start the service.

All other configuration is done via a web-based tool that listens on port 9000. From the main admin screen […] you can add new mail domains, create user accounts in those domains, manage mailing lists, examine mailer queues and log files, set up anti-spam filters and more.[…] It took 15 minutes to download and install the product and run the first-time configuration. It took ten minute more to upload the license file, create the domains and add a few users.[…]

Axigen isn’t free. The entry level license costs €250 and handles up to 25 mailboxes. From there, a variety of pricing levels extend up to €2,700 for the Service Provider Edition and 5,000 mailboxes.

If you want to trial the software, the downloaded version is good for 30 days without any license keys at all […]. You can also register for a free license key that’s good for one year, but only supports 5 mailboxes, which must all be in the same domain.

The Linux hackers would scorn the thought of spending €250 to do something they can already do with open-source solutions, but for most of us mortals it could be money well spent.