Graphical clients via dialup
Posted Feb 27, 2004 8:43 UTC (Fri) by djao
In reply to: The Next Generation of Mail Clients
Parent article: The Next Generation of Mail Clients
I routinely use graphical clients at dialup speeds and have been doing so for quite some time. The secret is to view your mail using IMAP so that the graphical client runs locally and only the actual mail message data is sent over the network. Many years ago I wrote a Linux Gazette article on this topic, which is still mostly valid today.
The best part about IMAP is that you don't have to give up mutt over ssh! The two can coexist quite happily. I often ssh into the mail machine and run mutt to access the local IMAP mail store. Other times, I use evolution or mozilla mail or pine or even IMP Webmail. All your mail lives in the IMAP repository and you can use any IMAP compatible program to connect to your repository at any time.
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