Oops - mail read question

Matthew Hawkins matt at mh.dropbear.id.au
Mon Jun 10 11:42:59 EST 2002

Hi Paul,

I don't really have any opinion on GUI mail readers.  I've never found
one which quite did everything I needed.  Two of the closest were exmh
(basically a tcl/tk wrapper around the MH tools) and Emacs' VM.  More
recently I ran Mozilla's mail client just to see how well it worked, and
as a replacement for Netscape Communicator 4 I think it does a good job.
I have also run KMail during a brief stint with KDE and had similar
problems to what you had, plus I noticed its filtering configuration is
extremely basic and irritating (for example, it'll let you use pointless
mail headers to filter on, but won't let you use useful things like
X-Sender in particular)

I've noticed that recently many GUI MUA's have halted development as the
authors have felt that they should rather work on another existing
client for GNOME or KDE.  Should this be a trend I fear that many GUI
MUA's are going to be more bloated than they should due to the
requirements of those desktop environments.

Since everyone differs, perhaps the best suggestion I could give you is
to head over to http://freshmeat.net/ and try everything in the Email
clients section (http://freshmeat.net/browse/31/?filter=229&topic_id=31)
until you find something that works for you.


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