Subject: Qube2/RaQ2 feasibility query
To: list Cobalt NetBSD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jurrie Lulofs <email@example.com>
Date: 02/02/2007 13:51:45
I've recently discovered 3 tasks for which I'd like to consider using
a Qube2/RaQ2 + NetBSD solution. I've got a RaQ2 with upgraded memory
(don't recall if it's 64MB or 128MB) that hasn't been powered up in a
year that I would start with, acquiring additional machines if
appropriate. I'd appreciate feedback if the hardware&software
combination is suitable for the tasks at hand.
1. Small Office mail server
All mail for mydomain.com is currently delivered to a single ISP POP
server. There's now a need to support multiple email addresses for
the domain. I'd be looking for a mail server to support POP and/or
IMAP access from Outlook or other clients, retrieving the mail from
the ISP's POP server similar-to or using fetchmail and providing the
corresponding mail boxes. Is there a recommended/preferred mail
package for this on the Cobalt/NetBSD platform (i.e. Dovecot)? I
would expect the clients to use the ISP's SMTP server directly for
outbound mail. The ability to additionally forward mail to other
email addresses (via .forward or similar) would also be desired.
Load is only 100-200 emails per day to 2-5 LAN users.
2. VPN server
For the same small office it would be nice to allow remote access to
the machines at the office. The office is connected via DSL and a
simple/standard/commercial Internet router/switch. Would openvpn or
something similar on a Cobalt/NetBSD be workable? The Internet
router could be configured to do port forwarding for the required in-
bound ports to the dedicated Cobalt/NetBSD box.
For my home network, with little people present, I'd like to add
extra protection from accidental exposure to mature content. Dan's
Guardian appears to be the right solution for my needs (http://
dansguardian.org/). Does anyone have any experience with this
software on the Cobalt platform?
What's the best NetBSD version to go with for reliable service
(especially for the mail server application)? I will be going with a
fresh install, preferably via the netboot CD method. Ideally I'd
like to get one or more Qube2 boxes to handle the small office
environment, as the form factor appears to be more appealing in that
setting. I'm prepared to max out the RAM on all boxes if needed.
Any feedback would be appreciated.