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I still use it, and I sometimes wish they would stop working on it, as they keep making it harder to use after every update. I guess they have the gnome mind set too.
I never cared much for mutt. I do like alpine, but too many people send me html crap that I need to read, and tbird always screws up patches I try to send.
Evolution seems to work the best with imap and it's trivial to send sane patches.
Posted Nov 17, 2011 23:33 UTC (Thu) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
I didn't at first either, mainly because the bindings were crazy and inconsistent. I've gotten it to be pretty well vim-ish, but it's not a 1:1 translation. It is certainly more consistent though and that makes it much better for me.
> I do like alpine
I couldn't get the hang of alpine. Too much not-mail clutter around.
> but too many people send me html crap that I need to read
For HTML, I have a bindings to toggle plain text or w3m -dump viewing for HTML mails (Ctrl-U and Ctrl-I, respectively). It works fairly well, not perfect, but better than any web interface.
Posted Nov 18, 2011 0:40 UTC (Fri) by nevets (subscriber, #11875)
I like to have a preview screen. I move mail all the time by dragging a message over to a folder with the mouse. I do wish Evolution had better keyboard short cuts, as I probably could move messages faster with typing. I did with alpine. But mutt still seems hackish to me, and I never got past it. I've been using it for LKML for a few years now, and I still don't care much for it.
Evolution is big and slow, and I need to kill it as often as I do my browsers, but other than that, it works well for me. If it had better key bindings, I would dare call it an awesome application.
Posted Nov 18, 2011 7:53 UTC (Fri) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
I could see a 'hackish' feeling, but the bindings were the biggest part of that for me. Moving messages is = and then I have tab completion and (session-local) history in the prompt. Tagging files with searches works wonders too to do batch processing of a sort.
I don't imagine we'll convince each other as I find gut feelings are hard to explain and uproot besides and I've been using mutt happily for over a year since moving from KMail.
Posted Nov 24, 2011 20:40 UTC (Thu) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164)
Until they came with an Akonadi based KMail2 - now it's as slow, if not slower, than Evolution, and eating lots of RAM. Now I have to wait until they fix it and muddle through in the mean time; or give up and go back to webmail :(
Posted Dec 3, 2011 23:25 UTC (Sat) by Los__D (guest, #15263)
Now I have to wait until they fix it and muddle through in the mean time; or give up and go back to webmail :(
In that case, I'd give RoundCube a try. It has worked perfectly for me by keeping much of the desktop mail client feel. Certainly, that feel sometimes break down, but in general I'm very pleased, especially compared to my old webmail client, Squirrelmail.
SquirrelMail is way more configurable though, if you need that (although RoundCube might be more configurable than I think, currently I'm just running the default Synology DSM version).
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