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What is notqmail?
It's not qmail. It's also not netqmail.
We all use email, so we all use email servers. notqmail is software for running an email server. Someday, if we do a good job, some of the many articles about how and why to run your own will recommend notqmail.
notqmail is a community-driven fork of qmail, beginning where netqmail left off: providing stable, compatible, small releases to which existing qmail users can safely update. notqmail also aims higher: developing an extensible, easily packaged, and increasingly useful modern mail server.
The current release is notqmail 1.08, issued 20 May 2020.
Why not Postfix?
Postfix is very good. We also really like qmail.
For now, we're targeting sysadmins who already run a qmail-based mail system. If it's not clear to you why you'd run notqmail instead of Postfix, you're probably right. Someday, when notqmail is more featureful, we'll want to compare and contrast with other MTAs. In the meantime, many of qmail 1.03's advantages are still relevant.
Why should I trust notqmail?
This is a big question and it deserves a thorough answer.
Are DJB or any of the netqmail authors involved?
Neither netqmail nor DJB were asked to approve of this distribution.
Does the qmail security guarantee apply?
Sorry, no. We're not DJB, and notqmail is not qmail.
What are the project's goals?
What happens to my custom patchset?
Expect your patchset to:
- Mostly continue to apply
- Gradually shrink as new notqmail releases include more of the features and bugfixes you need
- Eventually shrink to zero, if your needs are widely shared by others
For more, see Patches.
How do I install notqmail?
Your build scripts will continue to work. We've tested many platforms. See Install.
How can I get more involved?
Our git repository and issue tracker are hosted by GitHub. Various contributors to notqmail are active on the qmail mailing list and on Libera Chat's
#qmail IRC channel.
We invite users or enthusiasts of qmail to join us. We especially hope for:
- Ideas and feedback from those of you running (or not quite running) qmail
- Code from those of you with custom patchsets or forks
Say hi on the list or IRC and one of us will help you get started on your first contribution.