is a branch of the
a light weight email client which we explored
on the LWN development page.
Sylpheed-Claws started as the bleeding-edge version of Sylpheed, in order to act as a testbed for new features for Sylpheed. The idea was to regularly resync with Hiroyuki's main branch, and vice-versa. Sylpheed-Claws then evolved into the stable extended version of Sylpheed, and is now an entity in its own right, mainly due to different goals and the fact that syncing both codebases doesn't happen anymore.
Sylpheed-Claws is being developed by
document contains a lengthy list of capabilities that have been added
to Sylpheed-Claws, here is a sampling of some of the more interesting
- A plugin mechanism.
- Sorting, filtering, spell checking, and improved search capabilities.
- Automatic message saving.
- Font configuration.
- More sophisticated color support.
- Hiding of previously seen messages.
- Support for IMAP over an SSH tunnel.
- Extended folder properties.
- An ignore thread option.
- Online and offline modes.
- A built-in man page.
- Numerous GnuPG encryption capabilities.
- SSL certificate management abilities.
- Support for multiple attachments.
- Import functions for Mutt and Pine address books.
- LDAP dynamic query support.
- Much more.
Some of the plugin extensions include: AntiVirus, HTML viewer,
image viewer, MathML viewer, PGP, SpamAssassin, tool scripts and more.
explain the project's features in more detail.
Version 2.0.0 of Sylpheed-Claws
on January 30, it includes:
- A rewritten manual.
- An icon legend window.
- Support for printing of attached images.
- Several new command line features.
- GUI improvements.
- A quick mail retrieval feature.
- Improvements to the compose window.
- Better quick search capabilities.
- Support for wildcard searches in the LDAP address book.
- The merging of redundant plugins.
- New tool scripts.
- New translations.
- A long list of bug fixes.
Sylpheed-Claws shows how an open-source project such as Sylpheed
can be used as a starting point for an improved application.
those wishing for a more full-featured email client can use Sylpheed-claws,
and the original Sylpheed project can benefit from the back porting of
Source code and packages for a number of Linux distributions and other
platforms are available
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