Hotwayd/Hotsmtpd version 0.8 released

Hotwayd/Hotsmtpd is a POP3/SMTP to HTTPMail gateway daemon which allows any POP3/SMTP compliant mail reader to retrieve and send mail via Hotmail, MSN, Lycos (Europe) and Spray.se mailboxes in a similar way to how Outlook Express does. It does this via the HTTPMail protocol, which is a somewhat undocumented WebDAV-based protocol providing access to these mailboxes via HTTP (which also means that you can use this behind a proxy server). This daemon is written for POSIX-based (Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, etc) operating systems, but can also be compiled in Windows using Cygwin. It generally runs as a service using xinetd or inetd on older systems, and full installation instructions are given on the web site http://hotwayd.sourceforge.net/

This release introduces the first version of hotsmtpd which provides a ESMTP gateway into the HTTPMail servers allowing you to also send mail via these servers. Other features include proxy support, access control, ability to leave messages read or unread on the server and ability to download any folder you like (not just the inbox). Work continues on hotimapd, a IMAP to HTTPMail gateway daemon and a beta version should be released within the next month or two.

Posted by David Smith 2004-02-09

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