Rahul Sundaram (sundaram(a)fedoraproject.org) said:
> The entire reason that a MTA is dragged into the core group is
> things like cron. In the base group, at (and up until recently, logwatch.)
> If you replace that with ssmtp, *out of the box all that mail is
> dropped on the floor*. I don't think that's a reasonable position
> to take by default.
> (There are solutions here, of course - asking for an e-mail address for
> each user, and asking which user is the admin. But we don't do that
If mails from cron are the reason why we are installing a mta, that is a
very weak one considering that a typical desktop user isn't seeing them
We are including a MTA because it is required by certain packages. It
is required by those packages so that they can do local mail delivery,
because we don't set up any other way for them to work.
Changing the MTA to one that does not do local delivery, essentially
breaking these apps out of the box for all installations, is silly.
If the desktop spin wants to change the MTA for their usage case, they
can. (In fact, judging from the kickstart, they've considered this in
the past.) Heck, they may even decide that they don't want things
like cron for their usage case.