Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

i have a linode account and trying to setup an email server where i can send and receive email from my registered domain.

i typed this into shell: sudo tasksel install mail-server

but what is the next step?

share|improve this question

Running a mailserver is not a install-and-go process. Over time you'll want to deal with spam and viruses and people trying to hack your machine via the mail servers. Despite hosting dozens of domains, I don't host email at all. I've farmed all of that off to Google Mail and I recommend everybody does something similar.

Life is too short to worry about your email server twice a day.

But assuming you still want to install a mail server, you'll want to follow the proper guide:

The short version is:

  • Install MTA (eg: Postfix) and configure it to allow mail in for your domain
  • Install MDA (eg: Dovecot) to allow people to collect their mail
share|improve this answer
i did a clean install and followed this guide:… – Sarmen B. Jun 24 '12 at 23:42
+1 for Life is too short to worry about your email server twice a day. – akshayb Jul 26 '13 at 16:19

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.