This whole thing started around a month ago when the ‘normal’ level of windows difficulties shot off the scale.  First, a hardware problem cut my pc off from the net, then when that was fixed, windows 98SE decided to make life SO much more fun by refusing to see the host computer on my little LAN, making it impossible to get Windows Internet Connection Sharing working again.

I spent a couple of weeks, trying every possible combination of options, but windows networking just would not co-operate.  I even re-installed windows twice, still getting me nothing but frustration.

Then I gave up and installed Debian Sarge in a dual-boot.  IT had no problem connecting online, and things were looking up.

the problem came when trying to get a mailserver running on linux.  exim4 is what it ships with, and i’ve done a lot of reading and question asking.. crawling all over any site where I could find mention of exim4, debian, and smtp auth.

three weeks after installing debian, my mail server is still silent.


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