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Dude, really, if an external editor for your MUA is a hugely important feature, then you are not GNOME's target audience.
GNOME and the way forward
Posted Aug 18, 2005 6:24 UTC (Thu) by JoeBuck (subscriber, #2330)
Posted Aug 18, 2005 9:27 UTC (Thu) by job (guest, #670)
Posted Aug 18, 2005 10:10 UTC (Thu) by jschrod (subscriber, #1646)
I tried GNOME several times and found it annoying at best. You explain perfectly well the root cause of that observation.
Posted Aug 18, 2005 13:11 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
If I send a mail in Evolution but do all my other editing in vim or Emacs, I'm currently being unnecessarily forced to use an inconsistent (and, IMHO, grotesquely feature-poor) editor for *only some* things.
*That* is why every other program on the face of the Unix earth supports $EDITOR and $VISUAL. (I fail to see why reading the values of two environment variables would confuse newbies, either. They're invisible if you don't know they're there.)
(Well, except for Emacs apps, and they're somewhat special, running as they do *inside* an editor.)
What you're saying is that if you care about your user interface or care about the job you spend most of your time doing when interacting with a mail program (i.e., writing mail), then you're not in the target audience for GNOME. Fine, but this, it seems to me, removes every reason to ever use GNOME email programs in the first place. (Why would you use an easy-to-use user interface's email program if you don't care about ease of use or writing email?)
Posted Aug 18, 2005 19:15 UTC (Thu) by bronson (subscriber, #4806)
I absolutely loathe Evolution's editor. It almost always reformats the mail so what you think you're sending is not at all what actually gets sent. You can't use it for more than a day without running into multiple quotation or copy/paste bugs. But, despite Whiprush's suggestion, I'm not ready to dump the Gnome desktop quite yet.
Posted Aug 18, 2005 23:51 UTC (Thu) by njhurst (guest, #6022)
(I'd use mutt more, but the interface on mutt is far less 'friendly')
I wonder when gui mail apps will approach the simplicity and ease of use of pine.
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