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Is there really anything you can do about it though? After all, you don’t really want to move off of GMail / Google Apps. And no place you would host is any better. Except, you know, hosting it yourself. The way that e-mail was originally designed to work. Today we kill your excuses. Now fair warning: it took me about two days to figure the stuff out you’re going to see in this blogpost, starting from knowing basically nothing about modern e-mail servers. So bookmark this blog post, block off a Saturday next month, and get it done. Edit Some people are complaining that the NSA is pulling all the e-mail over the wire anyway, so encrypting your own server is stupid. In the next two hours, we’re going to fix this. You’re going to host your own mail.It’s going to be encrypted on the server, locked-on-boot, SSH on reboots to unlockWhile we’re at it, let’s fix some things that annoy me about GMail:Better SPAM detection.
OpSec OpenDKIM. How to run your own e-mail server with your own domain, part 1. E-mail is old and complex.
It's the oldest still-recognizable component of the Internet, with its modern incarnation having coalesced out of several different decades-old messaging technologies including ARPANET node-to-node messaging in the early 1970s. And though it remains a cornerstone of the Internet—the original killer app, really—it's also extraordinarily hard to do right. We most often interact with e-mail servers through friendly Web-based front-ends or applications, but a tremendous amount of work goes into hiding the complexity that allows the whole system to work.
E-mail functions in a poisoned and hostile environment, flooded by viruses and spam. The seemingly simple exchange of text-based messages operates under complex rules with complex tools, all necessary to keep the poison out and the system functioning and useful in spite of the abuse it's constantly under. I'll tell you why: because if it's in the cloud, it's not yours. Well, to hell with that. Repartition a Debian Digital Ocean Droplet. 1.
Create a Droplet For this example, I made a small droplet running Debian 8.1 x64. These instructions may work for older Debian versions, and might work for Ubuntu. You may need to use some other method to boot a live environment than the Grml package I used. On first boot, you can see that we have a 20GB disk (/dev/vda) as a single Linux partition: root@debian:~# fdisk -l /dev/vda Disk /dev/vda: 20 GiB, 21474836480 bytes, 41943040 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disklabel type: dos Disk identifier: 0x4e0e3620 Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/vda1 * 2048 41935724 41933677 20G 83 Linux 2.
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