Fri 15 Aug 2003
Getting Ready to Talk to MUGS
Category : Commentary/preparingforMUGS.txt
I'm scheduled to give a talk to the local MUGS tomorrow and I'll need to get down to preparing for it. Soon.
I've been fiddling with a 1.1.3 release of Sendmail Enabler that implements the Masquerade feature. It should have been out last week but I was making too many changes then. So it's out now. That'll make a few people working on PHP happy. Sendmail will work a bit better for them.
And 1.1.3 also checks the sendmail queues. I've found that one or both of them could disappear when I swapped in a new sendmail binary last week. While it will help people who've messed up their sendmail installation now, it's really preparing for the day when I try replacing sendmail, on the fly, with either Postfix or a sendmail with SMTP-AUTH. It'll help make sure that I get a safe passage back when I need to make the original sendmail work.
So back to the talk. What do I say about Sendmail Enabler? Enter domain name, click one button, and welcome to your mail server? Of course there are the issues with the router, firewall, dns, etc...
But what I really want to get across is how there is so much richness under the OS X hood. You get to do all the Linux-y thing. But you can also wrap it all up as a Mac application that thousands of other people can use. If, in just four weeks, we've now got a few thousand more sites running the Mac as an Internet server, how's that for leverage?
So I've got to figure out how to get that across. And how to fit in a demo. I don't want to meddle with the local AppleCentre's network, so I'll just run everything off the local network, including having a private DNS server, to demonstrate the mail server stuff.
Talking about setting up a DNS server. I could do it all on the command line. Or I could hit one button. Guess which one I chose to use?