We defeat the purpose of solving the key problems the industry is facing if
backward compatibility is provided at the same level - aka LOOPHOLE!
So I see two things:
o Should not be backward compatible.
However, this will provide a barrier to acceptability and development,
therefore it should be:
o Should offer backward compatibilty with the following exception and
- does not violate the any new security related concept mandated by
- a X month grace/transistion period from the point of initial contact.
In other words, it could be just announced to the world.
"Hey mail-ng is the standard now. SMTP/POP3 will be deprecated on X
(24 months from release date). Everyone has 24 months to revamp."
"Hey mail-ng is the standard now. SMTP/POP3 is be deprecated in 24
However, backward compatibility remain a system policy option. We
using the mail-ng automatic "grandfather clock" where initial
contacts are sent
an email warning there old compatibility access will cease to work
on X date.
Something. It doesn't have to be so drastic, but then again, mail-ng serves
no purpose if it doesn't solve the problems we are facing and thus the
reason, atleast I think, many people are here and are interested in new
mail system or "mail protocol" whatever you want to call it.
Hector Santos, Santronics Software, Inc.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Hadmut Danisch" <hadmut(_at_)danisch(_dot_)de>
To: "Bonatti, Chris" <BonattiC(_at_)ieca(_dot_)com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2004 12:59 AM
Subject: Re: Email or Something Else
On Mon, Feb 09, 2004 at 07:10:15AM -0500, Bonatti, Chris wrote:
- We want backward compatibility, ...
This requirement is nebulous, should be paraphrased in
- Should (temporarily=few years) be able to receive messages
through old SMTP/MX-Record. Maybe there could be a separate
gateway application, accepting SMTP and injecting it into
the new mechanism.
- Should be able to deliver to old SMTP/MX machines.
- Should be able to convert messages from old RFC822 to
new style and vice versa.
- Should support UNIX world's /usr/sbin/sendmail injection
- (Maybe) should support MUAs with POP and IMAP (maybe through
a separate gateway process)