Guess I'm gonna have to drop Protonmail. It won't send emails to the #OpenBSD lists anymore.

What are people using for free, secure email these days?


@bcallah you might want to consider paying for a mail service - check out fastmail and migadu. also an option to run your own if you're crazy like me lol

@bcallah oh nice ive not heard any bad things about posteo :)

@ben @bcallah sorry to threadjack - but can you tell me more about hosting your own email? All the guides I find are old, weird, or for complex setups and all I want is one user on one domain.

@M0YNG I agree with you, it is very strange there is no simple tool to setup a standard mailbox on a small server.
I use ISPConfig but it is for hosting websites and emails and setup many things for you (better for heavy hosting).

Have you tried Yunohost? I know some friends happy with it

@F1RUM I have but it is another "full solution" intended to help you self host everything and isn't something that I can drop into a vps (that I know of)

@M0YNG @ben @bcallah Have you looked at mailinabox or mailcow (if you're ok with Docker)?

@deadda7a @ben @bcallah yeah but mailinabox suggests 1gb of ram! I don't want a lot of the stuff it bundles (eg nextcloud contacts) And also says "And if disabling IPv6 is an option, disable it."

Mailcow uses memcached? I can't believe email NEEDS all these moving parts...

@M0YNG @ben @bcallah Well Email doesnt "need" it, its just all of these solutions aim at a bigger setup (but are easy to setup). You can of course do everything by yourself, but tbh Mailservers suck. The less you do yourself manually the better usually.

@M0YNG no worries, i run debian with postfix, dovecot, opendkim, and rspamd. is there anything in particular you were looking for?

@ben knowing what stack you use is a great start.

Did you follow a guide or do you have one I could look at?

I'd like to host my own email but I can't find a simple "good enough" setup.

@M0YNG i followed a couple guides and read plenty of documentation. i've actually been meaning to write up a blogpost guide for mailservers for years but i just haven't gotten around to it.

some key notes:
- make sure the hostname that postfix is using matches the rdns for your ip
- test your stuff with
- double check your dns records
- be sure to set up dovecot-sieve and possibly managesieve for mail filtering (i use this heavily)

@ben awesome, thanks. I may have a play with a domain that I don't already use for something - for when it goes wrong!

Let me know if you do get around to that blog!

@M0YNG i'll try to remember :) i have a draft i started somewhere, gotta go find that

Sign in to participate in the conversation

masto instance for the tildeverse