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Your personal GMail-like mail system: SMTP server

In general you do not have to run your own SMTP server, and can use the SMTP servers of your mail providers to send the outgoing mail. However creating your own SMTP server makes your setup complete and much easier to use. You can use the same accounts with the same credentials you used for […]

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Your personal GMail-like mail system: dovecot, the IMAP server

Now you have the e-mail storage with current up-to-date messages, and it is time to set up the access to it. As stated in the design goals, the e-mail storage should be available via IMAP protocol. This allows proper concurrent access to the same e-mail storage while using multiple computers, laptops and the mobile devices. […]

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Your personal GMail-like mail system: fetching with getmail

Now your e-mail storage is converted and you are ready to go. Hold on, it is time to do some preparation work. While not strictly necessary, I suggest you you figure up and write down the following information: Which user id will own the mail storage files. It will also run the mail retriever and (in future) […]

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Your personal GMail-like mail system: converting emails

As mentioned before, the email system uses Maildir format for storage. There are a lot of reasons to choose Maildir and I’m not going to debate about it although technically you can adopt this guide for MBOX storage as well. And since I already had the emails which I want to keep, and since I […]

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Your personal GMail-like mail system

My readers remember that I switched to Thunderbird back in December. This was quite difficult experience which included a lot of trial and errors, and although it didn’t result in any e-mail corruption or loss, this was definitely not kind of experience I’d like to go through in future. This made me wonder whether it […]

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From KMail to Thunderbird: extra add-ons

The previous posts covered how to add the KMail functionality into Thunderbird. This post describes some other useful Thunderbird plugins, which add even more functionality. I deliberately missed some add-ons which are described everywhere as “must have” and only listed those I use myself and find valuable. Feel free to Google something like “top ten […]

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From KMail to Thunderbird: hotkeys

If you have done everything mentioned before, you now brought your Thunderbird functionality on par with what you had in KMail. And probably the only annoying things still remained is the keyboard mapping. Probably more than once you pressed “A”expecting it to “Reply to all” and ended up with an archived message instead. No problem, […]

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From KMail to Thunderbird: system tray icon

One of my personal pet peeves during the first week of using Thunderbird was the lack of system tray nofitication about the new mail. Apparently this functionality is only available on Windows. And I really missed the KMail system tray functionality with the number of unread messages shown right on the system tray icon. And […]

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Creating a Certificate Authority and signing the SSL certificates using openssl

[Nov 17, 2015: the article is updated to follow modern security requirements for SSL certificates] This article explains how to create your own Certificate Authority and create the SSL certificates signed by this authority. While there is a lot of articles which talk about how to create your own SSL certificates, in most cases they describe […]

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From KMail to Thunderbird: must-have add-ons

So you have a working Thunderbird installation which has your old e-mails. However the look is different, and you feel some information you used to have on your fingertips  is missing. Don’t worry, most of it could be changed by extending the Thunderbird functionality with add-ons. There are tons of them, and here I list […]

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