The idea of the AEGEE Mail Project is give a form of existance for all people involved in the management of the AEGEE.org maildomain, including the mailing lists. More specific:
- Serving the mails in the @aegee.org domain
- Scanning mail for viruses and spam
- Offering mailing lists for the needs of AEGEE
- Giving support for questions related to mails and mailing lists (under mail(at)aegee.org)
- SMTP server for sending mails from the @aegee.org alias.
How does mail work in AEGEE?
Once you send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org, your smpt server makes a lookup to the DNS server in Bratislava and afterwards the mail comes to the mailgate of University of Karlsruhe. Then it is forwarded to aegeeserv, our mail server, and proceeded by sendmail. Afterwards it is evaluated for viruses and spam. For every AEGEE.org account created before August 2009, an alias email@example.com is created. If firstname.lastname@example.org coinsides with that alias, then the mail is sent to his/her e-mail address, given in the AEGEE.org registration. If this is a mail for a mailing list, usually having the form something-L@aegee.org, then listserv creates a copy for every subscriber in the mailing list and sends it back to sendmail. From there, as regular mail, the message is being sent to the smarthost of the University of Karlsruhe network and then to your firend's mailbox.
aegee.org accounts created after August 2009 do not get @aegee.org aliases.
More details for the internet mail is general can be read at mail.aegee.org/how-mail-works.html.
One of the main tasks of the server is to host the AEGEE mailing lists. An incomplete overview of the available lists is available at lists.aegee.org. A mailing list is a mail multiplier: you send a mail to one e-mail address and it reaches the mailboxes of all the recipients that are interested in the lists' topic. They are especially useful for teamwork - regardless of being a project, a board or a regular member. The highly customizable options can make the lists suitable for every kind of e-mail communication you can imagine.
Additional information about our lists is available at mail.aegee.org/lists. More concrete it contains:
The hardware used is a DELL PowerEdge 2800 server, with Inter Xeon 2.8 GHz processor, 1MB Cache, 800 MHz FSB and EM64T Support, Intel 7520 chipset, integrated two channel Ultra 320 SCSI Controller, 2 GB Single Rank DDR2 Memory (4x512MB), 2x onboard 10/100/1000 MBit Ethernet Network card), integrated ATI Rage Radeon 7000-M Graphicalkard with 16MB SDRAM, 73GB SCSI Harddisk (10000 U/Min, Utrla 320, 1", 80PIN, S.M.A.R.T. II), ports: 1x serial, 1x parallel, 4x USB (2.0), 2x RJ45 Gigabit, IPMI V1.5 compliant MBC. All this magic, owned by AEGEE, is located in the University of Karlsruhe. The university covers the costs for electricity and internet traffic. Since 2006 there is a fee for the infrastructure.
We have made a photo session of the server.
Spam and Viruses
Mail coming to the mail server are checked for spam using clamav. If virus is detected the mail is rejected and goes back to the sender. Otherwise the mail is evaluated for spam using spamassassin and forwarded further. Mailing lists can be adjusted to reject mails evaluated as possible spam, the configuration process is described at mail.aegee.org/spam.html. For the other addresses the evaluated spam is forwarded to the final recipient. It cannot be stopped on aegeeserv, but the recipient can sort it based on the X-Spam-Level mail header.
Everything needs continious development to stay on the top. Luckily everybody is allowed to contribute. The big plans are listed at mail.aegee.org/todo.html. Choose your favourite item from them, write a short mail and start working on it. The list is incomplete - you can make suggestions for new items, or work on things that are not listed. Everybody is welcomed.
About us / Imprint
So far we are Christophe Berger, Sorin Vulcu and Дилян Палаузов. You can reach us per email at mail(at)aegee.org.
Contact: Dilian Palauzov, tel. +49 911 1313 7989, +49 176 9265 6190.