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I like Thunderbird 14 - it's not resource-friendly by any means, and there are long-standing bugs in some features which aren't part of the workflow that the vast majority of users follow, but for the simple stuff it's dependable. Enigmail makes encryption a breeze to handle, and with Lightning I find myself able to handle communication and scheduling (with synchronisation) in a single application, which is nice. If you decide to try Thunderbird, you may find LookOut helpful if you receive attachments from Outlook-using colleagues or friends.
I use Claws Mail myself with some Lavabit accounts.
The advantages of Claws Mail are that it is very light on resources, takes little time to load, you can activate a lot of plug-ins without wasting too many resources or speed... it can cope GPG/MIME or GPG/Inline encryption and signing, plus S/MIME if you want to.
I have nothing against Mutt, but I have never found it as convenient.
Thuderbird is nice but it is generally slower and has more "visual bloat". The advantage is that it handles HTML mails (which Claws Mail can't create, and can only read with limitations unless a plug-in is installed).
Last edited by BlackRider; 08-07-2012 at 04:26 AM.