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Deprecation notice for mail-stack-delivery (dovecot) - planned to be dropped in 18.10

Last year I got fed up with gmail randomly deleting one of the
"duplicate" messages I would get via a mailing list as well as being
Cc'd on, so I registered my own domain and set up mail-stack-delivery on
a $5/month vps with Amazon lightsail.  I guess I'll need to take a
closer look at what this package actually does and see if I can help fix
any problems with it.

On 3/20/2018 10:08 AM, Christian Ehrhardt wrote:
> Hello,
> since Ubuntu 18.04 has reached feature freeze we started to think about
> 18.10.
> One of the changes ahead is the dropping of the mail-stack-delivery package
> (part of dovecot).
> This package was created a long time ago with the intend to simplify
> several steps of a mail server setup, for example to get a safe ssl secured
> default installation.
> It is essentially almost only a postinst to set up some better defaults.
> But the bit that I can derive from bug reports and such indicates that it
> is almost unused these days and has become an unused maintenance debt (it
> started to show it's age - no more matching e.g. recommended ciphers).
> Furthermore the world has moved on:
> - For encryption ssl is now default in dovecot-core
> - In general the hosting your own mail service has become less attractive
> - If users want to set up a mail server still they often look more for e.g.
> for Mail-in-a-box [1]
> For all of these reasons we intend to drop the mail-stack-delivery package
> in 18.10
> If there is a big love/consumption of the package we might have missed
> please speak up.
> In that case we likely want to drop it from dovecot still, but community
> could take over maintenance in a separate package that lives in universe.
> [1]:

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