Originally the mail server for cltralt313373.com was running on a FreeBSD box using the qmailrocks setup. IMHO, this is the best mail setup you can have and it’s all free except for your hardware. This setup has built in spam and virus filters, webmail access, web administration features, and an excellent mailing list setup. So what's the only drawback to it? Well you have to setup and administer it yourself. Not a problem for day to day activities, but when it comes to upgrades and troubleshooting errors it can get a little hairy. The support mailing list it full of very helpful people, but trying to get things fixed when you really need to get them fixed fast can be complicated unless you know all the in's and out's of the multiple software packages that are involved in the install.
As a result ctrlalt313373.com has been switched to Gmail For Your Domain Beta. Granted it doesn't have nearly the amount of features that the qmailrock setup has, but it does have the power of Gmail, and best of all it's all running on the very reliable servers at Google. There are a few significant drawbacks that will hopefully be resolved soon. The first one is that total storage space is limited to 2GBs. This is extremely low for most domains. Also, the quantity of email accounts for the domain is limited to 25. This as well is fairly limited for most domains. One final thing that needs to be added is secure IMAP access to the servers as for now there is only the Gmail web interface and POP access. (Okay, one more. Multiple domain aliases would be nice as well.)
So why do I think this is so great? Well because of the reliably of the servers and the ability to uses the features of Gmail. Also, the folks at Google are always working hard to add new features so you know something excellent is on the way….