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Install Your Own Private E-mail Server in the Cloud
Looking for a great gmail alternative, check out FastMail. To get started installing your own private email server, skip ahead to the instructions…
RoundCube isn’t as advanced as the GMail web client. If you’re looking for a more robust GMail alternative, try FastMail.
However, if more people adopt iRedMail and RoundCube, there will be more people engaged in improving the open source codebase.
You can also workaround RoundCube’s shortcomings by using your smartphone and favorite desktop mail client via IMAP or POP.
There are a variety of plugins for Roundcube – here and here.
A few suggested enhancements to RoundCube are described below:
- Persistent Login Plugin
- Extending Session Lifetime
- Mark as Junk – Spam Learning
- PGP Encryption Plugins
- Using Multiple Accounts
Persistent Login Plugin
The Persistent Login Plugin provides a remember me checkbox on the sign in page:
To install the Remember Me plugin, go to your RoundCube plug-in directory (Your version # may vary) and download the code.
cd /usr/share/apache2/roundcubemail-0.8.2/plugins sudo wget https://github.com/mfreiholz/Roundcube-Persistent-Login-Plugin/archive/master.zip
You may need to install unzip to unpack the code:
sudo apt-get install unzip unzip master.zip
Rename the folder:
sudo mv Roundcube-Persistent-Login-Plugin-master persistent_login
Modify the active plugins array by editing the RoundCube main.inc.php file:
sudo nano main.inc.php
Add “persistent_login” to the plugins array:
// List of active plugins (in plugins/ directory) /usr/share/apache2/roundcubemail-0.8.2/config# sudo nano main.inc.php $rcmail_config['plugins'] = array("password","managesieve","persistent_login");
sudo service apache2 reload
Extending Session Lifetime
The default session lifetime for RoundCube is only ten minutes. I’ve changed mine to one week or 4320 minutes.
Go to your Roundcube configuration directory (based on your version number):
/usr/share/apache2/roundcubemail-0.8.x/config nano main.inc.php
Change the session lifetime from 10 minutes to 60 or 600 or 4320 minutes, etc.:
Mark As Junk Plugin
The Mark as Junk plugin provides a GUI mechanism for you to mark email as spam and have iRedMail’s spam agents learn from your selections.
It’s a detailed installation process which is described best at the iRedMail Wiki.
Encryption for RoundCube
I’m not aware of any ready-made solutions for encrypting the directories and MySQL databases used by iRedMail. And, even if there was dynamic encryption – the keys would be available on the server if Amazon gave access to authorities.
Unless you’re encrypting your important email, it’s vulnerable to interception or spying. Unfortunately, there isn’t really an official PGP Encryption plugin in RoundCube yet. Again, this is one of those no-brainer areas that we’d expect to improve if more people adopt iRedMail and RoundCube.
Here are two leading encryption solutions:
2. Kerry Linux Solutions. This one has a slightly more difficult install but seems to indicate that it works.
I’m not aware of any ready-made solutions for encrypting the directories and MySQL databases used by iRedMail – however, this is theoretically possible. But, even if there was dynamic encryption – the keys would be available on the server if hacked or if Amazon gave access to authorities.
Using Multiple Mail Server Accounts with RoundCube
The identities_imap plugin allows you to access mail from multiple remote IMAP servers as if they were local folders. It requires use of the RoundCube plugin manager to install.
Getting Support for Roundcube
Visit the RoundCube support website.
Please feel free to post corrections, questions or comments below. You can also reach me on Twitter @reifman or email me directly.
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