I am wondering whats the best solution to get away from gmail but still be compatible with everydays tasks. I usually use gmail with my own smtp server + TLS/SSL encryption for incoming/outgoing. I use push on my Android device and never really use webmail (although it sometimes is handy). I also run a few mail accounts on one of my linux servers. I know that push can be done on your own linux server. But is the hassle really worth it? Is it even possible as a hobby IT guy who can't dedicate 24/7 to his linux server(s)? What if the server crash, hdd failure,etc ? Is there any other alternative?