Enter Larry into the mix. All his traffic is from offsite, so he needs authenticated SMTP. Thus, I finally began a reinstall yesterday with Slackware 9.1. Things to remember for the future:
* No matter that I use SCSI-attached devices all the time, I can't compile the SYM53C8xx driver (for the Tekram SCSI card) into the kernel. If it's not a module, its devices get seen ahead of the 3Ware RAID card my boot drives are attached to. This screws up the device naming from install time to runtime.
* cp -R doesn't work as advertised. It copied the target files of all symlinks, resulting in an enormous copy of my /home partition, because of three links I had in place as shortcuts. tar pipes are your friend.
* The conflict between the 3Ware and the Tekram cards keeps me from booting CDs in drives attached to the Tekram. It's a good thing I never got rid of the old 4-disc 4x IDE CD changer I bought way back in the day.
* Fucking KDE. I figured I'd let it install, mostly for Qt and assorted tools some projects want to build with. I forgot its creators are morons that believe in /opt. So it's eating a huge chunk of the root filesystem, which I deliberately keep small. It shouldn't be too much trouble to move it onto /usr/local and symlink it back, but that's work I shouldn't have to do in the first place.
I should really stay up and get dovecot and BDB-SASL-Postfix running, but I'm just beat. Hopefully my daily spam dose isn't overwhelming Mark's system... (he does backup MX for me.)