[Spambayes] SpamBayes

Fred Smith fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us
Sat Apr 16 21:09:39 EDT 2016

On Sat, Apr 16, 2016 at 07:58:16PM -0500, Skip Montanaro wrote:
>    On Apr 16, 2016 2:08 PM, "Steve Gledhill"
>    <[1]steve.gledhill at outlook.com> wrote:
>    >
>    > Why has it been dropped?
>    >
>    > Is there a recomended replacement?
>    As free software, the notion of support is somewhat different than if
>    you bought commercial software. The actual code is available for you or
>    anyone else to modify.
>    As for why it's no longer actively developed, there are a couple
>    reasons. One, those of us who were working on SpamBayes have moved on
>    to other things (not necessarily in the spam filter space, just moved
>    on). Two, other tools have gotten better. A lot more spam is caught and
>    rejected before it reaches the end user, and spam filters associated
>    with some email services (such as Gmail) have gotten quite good. There
>    is less need for standalone spam filters like SpamBayes.
>    If you download and install it, you might well find that SpamBayes
>    works as well as it ever did. If you have problems, you can still send
>    email here. There are still users who answer the occasional question
>    which arrives.
>    Skip

I agree with everything Skip said! :)

The word I've read here on this list is that, as Skip said, it can still
be made to work on Winodws 7, but there are a couple of gotchas you need
to be careful of:

1. if you're on a 64-bit version of Windows, you must be using a
   32-bit version of Office in order for SpamBayes to work.
2. You must install it outside the normal Windows or Program files
   folders. in your home/user directory would be a good place.

I haven't tried either of those, since I use it on Linux, but that is
what I've read here.

good luck!

> References
>    1. mailto:steve.gledhill at outlook.com

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