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Re: How I usually read my mail:

by Errto (Vicar)
on Nov 10, 2004 at 02:28 UTC ( #406584=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How I usually read my mail:

I recently replaced Evolution with Thunderbird as my main mail client, and I'm quite happy. I admire Evolution's design but it reminded me too much of Outlook. I use Outlook at work. I hate Outlook, with a passion. Most recently discovered Outlook gem: when you start Outlook, if you have any Inbox rules enabled, it begins applying them immediately, without so much as a dialog box to indicate this. It locks up while doing so and will not relinquish control until it's done, no matter what. If one of the rules doesn't work for some reason (say you accidentally deleted the mailbox it delivers to), it continues processing the rule on every message and only at the end informs you with an extremely unhelpful error message. I hate Outlook.

In addition to Thunderbird, I also use IMP and pine, depending on whether I'm at my own desktop, a web browser, or a terminal. IMAP is a beautiful thing (as pointed out above by DrHyde. I use fetchmail for retrieval, good old-fashioned procmail for filtering, and dovecot for IMAP.

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Re^2: How I usually read my mail:
by pingo (Hermit) on Nov 10, 2004 at 10:04 UTC
    Yeah, Outlook is a pain. When I got back from my vacation this summer and started Outlook, I thought it had hanged since it wasn't responding. So I brought up KMail, and it started downloading a big bunch of mails (I used to get a lot of status mails from cron jobs).

    It turned out Outlook was doing the same thing, but for some reason it couldn't imagine I would be interested in knowing what was going on.
Re^2: How I usually read my mail:
by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Nov 10, 2004 at 19:40 UTC

        I recently replaced Evolution with Thunderbird as my main mail client,

    AFAICT there is one problem with Thunderbird: no PGP/GnuPG support. I prefer to sign all my emails with GnuPG when I send them in this day and age of "Joe Jobs" and such...

      I don't want to take you away from `mutt`, but there is gpg support for Thunderbird. It's called enigmail:

      "Enigmail is an extension to the mail client of Mozilla / Netscape and Thunderbird which allows users to access the authentication and encryption features provided by the popular GnuPG software"

      All code is usually tested, but rarely trusted.

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