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The notmuch mail client
Posted Nov 17, 2009 16:44 UTC (Tue) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
I haven't tried it though.
Posted Nov 17, 2009 17:40 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Posted Nov 17, 2009 17:58 UTC (Tue) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
Not to mention that fetchmail has explicitly recommended IMAP over POP
forever, and it's inherently about downloading the email and processing it
Hooray for offlineimap
Posted Nov 17, 2009 18:06 UTC (Tue) by dmarti (subscriber, #11625)
(Thinking about re-running spam filters at IMAP time, to handle newly-caught bad Received: IP addresses.)
Posted Nov 17, 2009 18:12 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
If I want to make, say, a mailing list filter I have to do it on the server
if I want the changes to automatically propagate to other clients. Otherwise
it starts getting messy.. some clients will properly update the local
folders and on the server, while others will not.. all depending on what I
happen to be using at the time and whether not I remember or have enough
time to manually copy rules around.
It's all a PITA and things should be better then this.
Not to also mention that email clients on "Desktop Linux" suck. Evolution is
the only one that has the features that typical users expect nowadays, but
it's a not programmed well.
Posted Nov 17, 2009 18:21 UTC (Tue) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
I'm not sure what you include as "features typical users expect nowadays",
but I find Kmail to be quite featureful, and there certainly others.
Posted Nov 18, 2009 2:23 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Well MAPI support would be a big one.
Posted Nov 18, 2009 6:47 UTC (Wed) by magfr (guest, #16052)
Posted Nov 18, 2009 11:26 UTC (Wed) by nye (guest, #51576)
I presume you are thinking rather about the sort of features that might encourage large-scale corporate deployment?
I kind of think this is leaving the realm of mail clients though. MAPI clients (without using nasty hacks, are there any other than Outlook?) aren't really the same thing as mail clients to my mind.
While Outlook is *technically* a mail client, it's about the worst you're ever likely to find (with the exception of Evolution once you start paying attention to things like performance and stability), but it's not really meant to be its function, per se, just one of its features. (It's interesting that Outlook does everything badly - but it does several things all together, which makes people happy)
Jack of many trades
Posted Nov 18, 2009 19:00 UTC (Wed) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Many people fail to understand the fundamental truth behind your wise statement: if your software doesn't do X, corporate buyers will not even consider it. It can be badly done, not scale and generally be poorly engineered, but do whatever they want it to do and suddenly you are eligible. Sounds reasonable, right? The vast majority of people are not able to see beyond the "what" and into the "how".
Posted Nov 18, 2009 2:52 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Posted Nov 18, 2009 13:14 UTC (Wed) by lab (subscriber, #51153)
You don't like Thunderbird?
Posted Nov 18, 2009 23:23 UTC (Wed) by bojan (subscriber, #14302)
No support for Exchange. Cannot edit LDAP address books, AFAIK.
linux GUI IMAP client
Posted Nov 17, 2009 18:55 UTC (Tue) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
it does a good job of properly using IMAP (including sieve for server-side filtering), although most of the code is old so it may not have all of 'the features that people expect today'
it was released as opensource a year or so ago, but compiling it has been a horrible pain so very little progress has been made in that time. however in the last week or two there have been a lot of commits to SVN that make it much easier to compile, so I expect a lot more changes to start happening now.
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