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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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IMAP and POP3

While you can log directly into your FreeBSD system and read your email, your customers and end users probably want to use pretty graphical email clients such as Thunderbird or Eudora. FreeBSD supports these clients through a variety of ports and packages. The two standard protocols for transferring email to clients are IMAP and POP3.

The Internet Message Access Protocol, or IMAP, allows desktop clients to synchronize their email with a centralized server. Multiple client machines can synchronize their mailboxes with an IMAP server, so if you have both a laptop and a desktop system, they can both get all of the email sent to your account. IMAP is popular in corporate environments, where you allow clients to retain email on the server. ...

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