A Mail Transport Agent (MTA) is essential for sending email. A Mail User Agent (MUA) such as Evolution, Thunderbird, or Mutt, is used to read and compose email. When a user sends an email from an MUA, the message is handed off to the MTA, which sends the message through a series of MTAs until it reaches its destination.
Even if a user does not plan to send email from the system, some automated tasks or system programs might use the
/bin/mail command to send email containing log messages to the
root user of the local system.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 provides two MTAs: Postfix and Sendmail. If both are installed, Postfix is the default MTA.