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Eudora Internet Mail Server

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Commercial; $400

Current Version: Server: 3.3.9 (March 2, 2009) / Admin: 3.3.7 (July 21, 2008)

Formerly known as Apple Internet Mail Server (AIMS), Qualcomm once bought and renamed this freeware SMTP server program that can be used on its own or in tandem with Eudora. As of December, 2001, however, original author Glenn Anderson licensed the product back to himself for future development, while keeping the Eudora badge.

EIMS - as it is commonly known - is very easy to set up, and quite reliable. Version 3.2.10 makes several fixes that are described in detail in the online release notes.

EIMS involves two pieces of software: the actual server itself, and the EIMS Admin administrative console application.

Version 3.3.9 of the server adds/changes the following:

  • Fixed IMAP bug in 3.3.8
  • Improved IMAP handling of malformed messages
  • Fixed stuck queues on Intel after deleting, forwarding, or bouncing a message

Version 3.3.7 of the administrative console adds/changes the following:

  • Fixed Command-Q not working in login window on OS X
  • Fixed popup menu sizes on Leopard
  • Fixed Account Enabled checkbox not being disabled for postmaster accounts
  • Mouse wheel/trackpad scrolling now works in windows that aren't the front window
  • Better reporting of lookup errors
  • Fixed crash when default domain was longer than 53 characters

An upgrade from version 3.2.x costs $60; a full version costs $400. EIMS Light is also available for $200; it supports all of the features of the full version of EIMS, except it only supports one domain (with domain aliases), has no IMAP server, no directory server (LDAP and Ph), no AppleEvent/AppleScript support, and no Incoming Mail folder.

Qualcomm sales and technical support are not supporting EIMS 3. Qualcomm will, however, continue to support EIMS 2.x and 3.0.x; see for more information.

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Built Into Mac OS X

Mac OS X has a huge amount of TCP/IP-based server software built into it that I don't specifically cover here. Your "Sharing" Preference Pane allows you to enable and disable these services with a click of the mouse. The software running behind the scenes to provide many of these services is generally of the open source variety. The standard release of Mac OS X includes, among many others:

  • Apache httpd (web server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • Postfix (mail server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • tnftpd (FTP server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • OpenSSH (Secure Shell server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane via "Remote Login" but additionally configurable via selected applications listed on this page).
  • BIND (Domain Name System server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • Samba (Windows file sharing; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • XFree86 (X Window server; enabled via the "X11" application in your "Utilities" folder, if you elected to install it with Mac OS X).

Of course, Mac OS X Server includes many more, in addition to offering more recent versions of many of the above servers.

Related Links

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!