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Re: Barracuda Networks is at it again: Any Suggestions as to an Alternative?
From: Curtis Maurand <cmaurand () xyonet com>
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2011 23:25:11 -0400

A barracuda appliance uses postfix, amavisd-new, spamassassin with fuzzyOCR and clamav. I've built a couple of these boxes for customers. I use their dnsbl as well as spamhaus. It works pretty well, not much gets through.


On 4/10/2011 8:24 PM, William Warren wrote:
On 4/9/2011 12:46 PM, Marc Runkel wrote:
Ok, shameless plug here, but I invite you to check out our product @ www.untangle.com<http://www.untangle.com>. Base product (including anti-spam) is free. If you want support/web filtering/ or better spam rules they are available as premium add-ons.

Marc Runkel
Untangle, Inc.
Director, Technical Operations

(650) 425-3333 direct
(650) 345-3788 fax

On Apr 8, 2011, at 8:51 PM, John Palmer (NANOG Acct) wrote:

OK, its been a year since my Barracuda subscription expired. The unit still stops some spam. I figured that I would go and see what they would do if I tried to renew my subscription EXACTLY one year after it expired. Would their renewal website say "Oh, you are at
your anniversary date", and renew me for a year?

No such luck: They want me to PAY FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR for which I did NOT receive service and then for the current (upcoming year). Sorry - I don't allow myself to be ripped off like that. Sorry Barracuda - you get no money from me and I'll tell everyone I know
about this policy of yours.

I posted an article about this unscrupulous practice on my blog last year at http://www.john-palmer.net/wordpress/?p=46

My question is - does anyone have any suggestions for another e-mail appliance like the Barracuda Spam Firewall that doesn't try to charge their customers for time not used. I should be able to shut off the unit for a year or whatever and simply renew from the point that I re-activate the unit instead of having to pay for back-years that I didn't use.


Untangle's free version...isn't worth the bandwidth. The paid version is ok..but it's a resource hog.

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