As reported by SpamAssassin is now a top level project at the Apache Software Foundation.

Oh, and I got quoted in the article:

"SpamAssassin has become the Sendmail of the anti-spam world," said Jeremy Zawodny, an early supporter of the project and community member. "It's easy for administrators to setup, very flexible, and it simply identifies more spam than just about anything else out there," he told "SpamAssassin is clearly a leader in the anti-spam fight."

SpamAssassin continues to rock.

Posted by jzawodn at June 25, 2004 05:32 PM

Reader Comments
# Joseph Scott said:

SpamAssassin has been in the ASF project incubator since December of 2003. I think it will make a fine addition to ASF's top level projects.

All hail SpamAssassin!

On the other hand, it's one of the products that I wish never had to exist in the first place :-(

on June 25, 2004 07:47 PM
# mendel said:

Wait, "the sendmail of the X world" is a compliment? Boy, I've been confusing people. :-)

on June 25, 2004 10:26 PM
# Pooya Karimian said:

Great, I wish there will be some good implementation for grey listing, domain keys and SPF soon... Can they all be added to all spamassassin?

on June 26, 2004 05:22 AM
# Uffe L said:

Dear, Larry!
You must be the saddest being on earth,
my heart aches for you. Couldn't you just
ignore Mr. Zawodny and his blog entries,
so you could get some piece of mind. Clearly
this is very upsetting for you, I'm sure
you would feel much better if you focused on
something positive in your life instead.

On the other hand, since you are so
profoundly miserable I'd be willing to
lend a helping hand, if necessary. For
example, if you'd like to be put out of
this misery I could help, free of charge,
just to be there for another human being,
sort of.

Bless you,

on June 26, 2004 05:27 AM
# david said:

Ah, poor Larry.


on June 26, 2004 05:50 AM
# George Schlossnagle said:

Too bad SA is so damn slow. Works great at the office, but uber-expensive to scale, even if you delegate all the network level checks to something that can perform them rapidly.

on June 26, 2004 06:39 AM
# Josh Woodward said:

> it simply identifies more spam than just about
> anything else out there

That's been my problem with it. :) I've had to raise the threshold to 12 in the most recent version to avoid having it eat my real mail. I didn't realize it was happening until I stopped writing it off when people say "didn't you get my mail?"

on June 26, 2004 12:49 PM
# Kyle Brantley said:

I've heard great things about SA, but DSpam seems to blow it out of the water.

Not easy at all to get working compared to SA, but to quote an Anonymous Coward (, "DSpam 3.0 is definitely not easy to set up. Add to that there is a database that needs to be set up on the back-end, and lots of configure flags at compile-time, plus permissions issues, etc. etc.
It's also not very easy to understand how it works, or configure your mail client to easily train it, or to configure procmail how to properly call it (there are a lot of command-line flags as well).

That being said, IT IS WORTH IT. A properly set up and trained DSPAM filter will SOLVE your spam problem. Training time usually takes about 2 weeks and the results are fantastic after that.

You can also set it up a number of ways - server-side, user-side, with postfix or another mail server, with procmail or without. Relay or not. It's up to you.

on June 27, 2004 01:54 PM
# Aristotle Pagaltzis said:

Josh Woodward: here's a secret: put the following in your .spamassassin/user_prefs:

rewrite_subject 1
subject_tag (Score: _HITS_)

Now, have none but the most definite spam deleted, instead, sort it into a mailbox. Go into that box occasionally, and sort it on subject. Watch in awe as all your legitimate mail appears in a cluster floating at the top. :)

on June 28, 2004 02:21 PM
# Scott Johnson said:

Congrats on the quote, Jeremy.

It's nice to see that SA is going to get some serious spotlight time and likely some much-needed funding from ASF.

on June 30, 2004 10:12 PM
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