From: Grant Taylor
Date: 2010-06-25 10:35:31 -0400
Subject: Re: Comments on this backscatterer.org?
On 06/25/10 04:06, Anthony Howe wrote:
> BarricadeMX is a great solution, but more expensive and typically out of
> the budget of small sites and hobbyists. The people at
> http://www.fsl.com/ handle sales.
30 day demo license are available.
I'm glad to hear about the demo.
I might have to look in to that.
> Documentation http://www.snertsoft.com/smtp/smtpf/
I'll peruse said docs when I have a moment.
> With BarricadeMX, you'd probably replace you anti-spam configuration
> completely with BarricadeMX. It hooks into SpamAssassin and support four
> different anti-virus products currently.
In time, you may be correct.
However that does not make an apple a viable replacement for an orange
when you are needing a (newer version of) an orange. ;-)
Fortunately for now, the old version is still viable. (I've recently
dealt with a different vendor that removed old versions / products from
use as soon as the new version came out.)
> Existing users can continue to use the software. However, the software
> won't be updated with the latest bells & whistles found in BarricadeMX
> such as the Grey Listing Optimisations (GLO), Multicast/Unicast Cache
> API (shared cache), the Parallel Domain Query (PDQ) API (better DNS
> handling), grey-content option, etc.
> Much of these changes will eventually go into milter-gris, but
> maintaining a 3rd title with grey-listing features, just becomes too
> much duplication.
I suspect that I should also take another look at milter-gris. (I was
always happy with milter-sender and as such didn't look that closely at
> There was no discussion about it. The slow down in development was only
> natural given the limited resources and focus on BarricadeMX in
> partnership with Fort Systems Ltd.
I wasn't thinking about a discussion, so much as a notice of what had
happened. (I guess this thread sort of covers that.)
> I'd beg to differ functionality wise it is a great replacement. Cost
> wise, it might be too expensive, though several clients have actually
> saved money by replacing Barracuda or Symantec boxes with BarricadeMX;
> one client found that after installing BarricadeMX, they reduced their
> machine load and thus they could reduce their MX cluster from five to
> three machines.
That probably is the case for an over all solution. But that does not
suffice when you need a small replacement to fit in to existing
situations. This is where BarricadeMX is not a drop in replacement.
Consider if you will someone having an anti-spam solution that they have
rolled monitoring / (end) user interface web pages around. It would not
be possible to take a failing milter-sender and replace just that one
milter with BarricadeMX. (Perhaps milter-gris would be a viable option
for part of what milter-sender was doing.)
> I'll see what can be done. I do know that FSL will sometimes do a
> conference call and demo for a prospective client. Maybe a group demo
> might be possible. I'll discuss this with FSL. Maybe we can make a demo
> and explanation video for download.
I think the option of a 30 day demo will suffice.
> Assorted logging flags can be turned on/off without having to restart
> the process. This is very handy if you need to diagnose a delivery
> problem related to a particular set of tests.
Couldn't that be done with -sig USR1 (or similar)? I.e. update the
config file, tell the daemon to re-parse said config file.
Grant. . . .
P.S. Thank you for taking the time to reply to my message. - Please
don't take it as any thing other than simple discussion.
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