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SmarterMail Server on Linux and Android eMail Client
Idea shared by Howell Dell - 1/14/2021 at 3:06 AM
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I know this has been discussed before, however, its now January 2021. These times are a changing... 

While SmarterMail is .NET its certainly possible to run .Net Applications cross-platform on Linux with some effort!  While I am not an expert on .NET I do understand that Microsoft is trying to focus devs to one .Net solution to work on "everything" from Intel, and ARM CPUs plus small MicroControllers for hardware so .NET apps can on run on IOT, Android, Apple macOS and i OS, XBOX to PCs plus Servers. It even looks like Apple is going to consolidate MAC and i Device Apps over the next few years as well. I hope to be evaluating an ARM Server running VMWare or Proxmox plus Debian Virtual Machines in 2021. Its time to get those Linux skills up as I've been practicing for a couple of years now.

I have moved my VoIP Platform from Windows to Linux as the my vendor supports both which I NEVER thought I would DO! Second Generation ARM Servers with PCIe are here to run 64 Bit Linux OS. Windows will be on ARM soon as well. Microsoft is developing its own ARM CPU!

Debian is a good flavor to consider especially since Red Hat as done something interesting with CentOS. It also getting harder to use SmarterMail with ActiveSync on Android. Android 10 has dropped its stand-alone eMail Client that supports ActiveSync. Outlook on Android won't work with ActiveSync. Microsoft is looking to kill off Exchange and force everyone to their Cloud as I understand it.

So my suggestion is that SmarterMail should make a version runnable on Linux -- I know its been talked about for quite some time -- V17 is upon us!

We are also going to need an Android eMail Client. I am looking for a local Android eMail Client to integrate into Android eMail Store Format plus Contacts and Calendar so that other local Android Apps can access that Data. A Web Client won't do that! We need to be ready when Microsoft makes their left turn!

I don't know enough about Apple to comment as I just use Android.

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SmarterMail is based on .Net Framework, which does not run on Linux. We will need to wait until SmarterMail moves to .net core or .Net 5, which depending on all their 3rd party dependencies could make that transition harder.

This has been discussed in other threads, but I think SmarterTools needs to hold off on moving SM over to .net core and Linux until they've got all the major issues worked out and we finally have a really good stable platform to go on before they focus on a entirely new OS platform with a brand new .net runtime to run on which will introduce even more bugs and issues.
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Totally agree. I feel like it's not anytime soon and wouldn't count on an usable SM Linux version before at least half a decade.
Sébastien Riccio
System & Network Admin

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Given the end of Exchange as we know it and that M$ is going to route all of YOUR eMail thru their Cloud Infrastructure to SPY on you this is a serious compromise of privacy of OUR eMails! Everyone should be ALARMed and we should COMPLAIN COMPLAIN to MS!!!! This is the opposite of OPEN Internet!!! If we let Microsoft get away with this end Google is sure to follow!!

  • SmarterMail should make the eMail Server available on Linux immediately -- soonest!
  • SmarterMail should leverage someone else's SYNC technology to integrate into the following---
    • SmarterMail should make a Android Client
    • SmarterMail  should make an iOS (MAC?) Client
    • SmarterMail should make a Windows Client
Need to start looking at new eMail Client for customers!!! Maybe Thunderbird with TbSync!?!?!
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I still think Linux is a long ways out. SmarterMail still has plenty of issues on Windows, let alone a completely different OS on a completely different .net platform.

There is already a good desktop alternative if you dont like Outlook, eM Client is really really good. The $50 price tag on it is nothing. 

While it would be cool for SmarterTools to make their own client, lets be real here, they are busy enough on SmarterMail itself without introducing 3/4 client apps that will make their support and development costs go sky high. Supporting SmarterMail for all of us is surely "fun" for them as it is, I can only imagine also having to support client apps.
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.NET will run on Linux, it is just a bad idea. 
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What makes it bad John? We have many in-house developed .net core apps that run on Linux (Ubuntu) without issues.
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Matt Petty Replied
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I've got little side projects and stuff, as well as tools I've created to fix/do various things. Everything I've done lately is net core and in a couple instances I've got a simple hosted site running off of Linux and dot netcore. I've been very happy with it. Quite a bit of performance enhancements as well, some of the work they put into performance for dotnet core has slightly trickled into .net framework.
Matt Petty
Software Developer
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278
www.smartertools.com

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