On Wednesday, March 6, I’ll be at New York City BSD User Group presenting Maintaining qmail in 2019. This one pairs nicely with my recent Ignite talk at DevOpsDays NYC, in which I had 5 minutes to explain why and how to Run Your @wn Email Server!. That this particular “how” could be explained so quickly is remarkable, if I may say so myself.

In this NYCBUG talk — my first since 2014 — I’ll show my work. It’s a real-world, open-source tale of methodically, incrementally reducing complexity in order to afford added functionality.


qmail 1.03 was notoriously bothersome to deploy. Twenty years later, for common use cases, I’ve finally made it pretty easy. If you want to try it out, I’ll help! (Don’t worry, it’s even easier to uninstall.) Or just listen as I share the sequence of stepwise improvements from then to now — including pkgsrc packaging, new code, and testing on lots of platforms — as well as the reasons I keep finding this project worthwhile.

Need consulting, coaching, and/or training? I have some availability for 1-2 week engagements in the New York metropolitan area. We’ll design them together, targeted to your context. Here’s what I offer; here’s what people say.

Where else can we meet up in the coming months? See my upcoming speaking engagements and also conferences and meetups I’m thinking about. Or invite me to speak at your company event!