On 20 May 99, at 13:56, Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
> In message <[log in to unmask]>, Stephen Marquard
> > There's also Taxis Mail, which is a free multi-user Win32 UUCP solution
> > based on UUPC/extended and Pegasus Mail.
> > Taxis can run on a single machine, peer-to-peer networks (Win95/98/NT),
> > or NT-server. It's available at http://www.wcape.school.za/taxis/
> > It supports Taylor UUCP size negotiation (won't download files over a
> > specific size if wanted), UUCP over TCP/IP (will work over a PPP link to
> > a UUCP ISP), and the next version will include a scheduler and ability
> > to run as an NT service. Users can have secure mailboxes if it's running
> > on an NT workstation or NT server.
> Great stuff, but the issue here is cost, translating into efficiency, ie
> batching, compressing or rather gzipping, `i' protocol with with packet
> size and window tuning, in order to maximize throughput, to minimize cell
> phone costs.
> For that you need Taylor UUCP proper, sendmail and BSMTP, which means
> LINUX or one of the BSDs. (I find, to my amazement, that these days
> sendmail is actually easier to configure then smail :-)-O, see for example
> http://www.linuxgazette.com/issue34/lisse.html, I also have a config for
> UUCP left over from past days)
> This also has the advantage that you can wire the Windoze boxes into a LAN
> situation with the LINUX box being the central mail server.
I certainly wouldn't argue with that, as we use Linux/FreeBSD a lot
ourselves (without compression/bsmtp, but bidirectional i protocol helps).
The advantage of (some) Windows-based solutions is in low entry cost and
lower technology barriers (i.e. one can post someone a CD, and they can
usually get it running with almost no technical experience, whereas
installing and configuring an OSS unix is a somewhat higher-level
activity, though it's getting easier nowadays).
UUCP g protocol also allows variable packet and window sizes, and
presumably the cell modems will do text compression as well. It would also
be possible to add BSMTP support (batching and gzipping) to UUPC/extended,
which is also open source, although I think i protocol would require
drastic changes. (Someone once sent me some BSMTP code, but I haven't had
time to even look at it, or a software budget to oursource any of the
development, and unfortunately it's not on the original author's priority
However if the hardware & expertise is available, unix solutions will
almost always lead to lower operating costs. Of course if someone ported
Taylor UUCP to the Win32 environment ...
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