Barracuda Networks is at it again: Any Suggestions as to an Alternative?

Curtis Maurand cmaurand at
Mon Apr 11 03:25:11 UTC 2011

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

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