I would first like to thank Wietse Venema for Postfix, of course, but also for his many contributions to the Internet community. Having had the honor to work with him on this book, it is apparent to me that he brings the same level of intelligence and attention to detail to all of his endeavors. This book has benefited greatly from his considerable input.
I have always admired O’Reilly & Associates as a company. After having had the experience of working with them, my admiration has not diminished in the least. My editor, Andy Oram, excellently personifies the goals of the company. I’ve enjoyed discussions with him, and his comments were always very helpful. I appreciate his enormous patience. Lenny Muellner helped me get going with text-processing tools and I’d like to thank David Chu for his timely assistance when needed. I would also like to thank Robert Romano for turning my crude diagrams into the professional figures you find in the book, and Reg Aubry for guiding the book through the production process.
Several technical reviewers assisted me not only in staying honest and correct in the details, but they also often offered useful stylistic suggestions. Thanks to Rob Dinoff, Viktor Dukhovni (a.k.a. Victor Duchovni), Lutz Jänicke, and Alan Schwartz. I wish I had such a team looking over my shoulder for everything I do.
I would also like to acknowledge the many members of the email@example.com list. It is an active list with a low noise-to-signal ratio, populated by a group of remarkably capable and helpful people. Its members not only help the user community, but have contributed through their comments and discussions to the evolution of Postfix itself.
Finally, I owe a large debt of gratitude to my wife and first editor, Jackie. She subjected my initial drafts to scrupulous tests for lucidity and sanity (shocking how often they failed). This book is much improved from her patient and valuable input. She is an all-around good egg who remained cheerful even when faced with reading and rereading several rewrites.