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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2005. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends March 6th.


View Poll Results: Mail Client of the Year
Thunderbird 730 51.74%
Kmail 303 21.47%
Evolution 158 11.20%
Sylpheed 54 3.83%
pine 33 2.34%
mutt 54 3.83%
Balsa 3 0.21%
Opera M2 29 2.06%
SquirrelMail 18 1.28%
IMP 3 0.21%
Mozilla Mail 26 1.84%
Voters: 1411. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-31-2006, 11:10 AM   #16
Registered: Apr 2004
Distribution: Arch, Debian and FreeBSD
Posts: 243

Rep: Reputation: 30

Muttng! and for graphical use: sylpheed-claws
Old 01-31-2006, 03:44 PM   #17
hand of fate
Registered: Nov 2003
Distribution: Mandriva
Posts: 441

Rep: Reputation: 31
I used Mozilla as my stable mail client, plus SeaMonkey nightlies. Now SeaMonkey has been finally released, I'll be using that all the time from now on.
Old 01-31-2006, 05:03 PM   #18
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Canada/US
Distribution: Ubuntu, Arch
Posts: 84

Rep: Reputation: 15
I still haven't been able to successfully move to something more modern ... pine has my vote.
Old 01-31-2006, 07:03 PM   #19
Registered: Oct 2004
Distribution: Debian Etch
Posts: 37

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I stick to my mutt
Old 02-01-2006, 03:41 AM   #20
Senior Member
Registered: May 2004
Location: Fresno CA USA
Distribution: Ubuntu 10.10
Posts: 1,466

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There are a number of good choices but I've grown attached to Thunderbird despite its lack of PIM integration -- that will come. Actually my primary account is Gmail -- love the search engine and the spell checker is amazing for a web based ap.
Old 02-01-2006, 03:51 AM   #21
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: bodhi
Posts: 44

Rep: Reputation: 15
ah finally my favouritest thing
although mostly not listed ....

great sylpheed (email client)
good endeavour2 (file manager)
poor me (Linux user)

Last edited by kassle; 02-01-2006 at 04:24 AM.
Old 02-01-2006, 07:02 AM   #22
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Distribution: Arch Linux, Gentoo Linux, Ubuntu, Debian
Posts: 116

Rep: Reputation: 15
I still use mutt.
Can't get rid of it! :-D
Old 02-01-2006, 08:23 AM   #23
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: USA
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 216

Rep: Reputation: 30

I do wish features would "stay put" though.
Old 02-01-2006, 08:37 AM   #24
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: NJ
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 104

Rep: Reputation: 15
As it turned out, I pretty much noticed myself just using GMAIL from the webbrowser rather than using my local mail client. GMAIL is just too hot! But Thunderbird would otherwise be my choice of mail client, due to the awesome plugin abilities.
Old 02-01-2006, 08:40 AM   #25
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2; Slackware Linux 10.2
Posts: 215

Rep: Reputation: 30
I use Opera for all things internet on my compy.
Old 02-01-2006, 10:02 AM   #26
Registered: Jun 2004
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 87

Rep: Reputation: 16
Firefox + Gmail Notifier
Old 02-01-2006, 11:03 AM   #27
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2006
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 2
Serious bugs in Thunderbird

I use Thunderbird, and I would have to say, I don't know about these other picks, but NOT THUNDERBIRD. They have some very old and persistent bugs that they have not fixed. In particular, there's a bug in the autocompletion that often picks out the wrong entry -- not the one you were shown -- or even concatenates text from an autocomplete entry onto what you're typing if you push enter. Then, it saves that garbled entry (in the case of concatenation) into the history list and provides no way to remove it, so it shows up again and again. What this means is that you have to constantly second-guess the autocomplete mechanism, so you can't just hit send in peace after typing an address. Even worse, sometimes (if you have an LDAP directory server configured) it sends your email to someone who you don't even know! That's worse than an occasional segfault in my opinion. Like I said, though, I still use it. I don't see how it could be the app of the year if it had a serious bug like this all year (and I've seen this on 3 or 4 different platforms across various versions for more than a year) and they haven't fixed it yet.
Old 02-01-2006, 11:34 AM   #28
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Lee, NH
Distribution: OpenSUSE, CentOS, RHEL
Posts: 1,794

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Thunderbird stinks, IMHO. Here's why - just one single reason but one I find extremely annoying:

- Why should I have to subscribe to an IMAP folder when every IMAP client on the planet will load all the IMAP folders automagically?

However, if connectors for Exchange and Scalix come out, I'll switch to Thunderbird in a heartbeat. Aside from that one huge glaring issue (which I've read is a longstanding bug) it's a great client.
Old 02-01-2006, 03:23 PM   #29
Registered: Mar 2005
Posts: 130

Rep: Reputation: 17
Originally Posted by LinuxLala
Mutt all the way. I love it so much I wrote an article on it.
Agreed mutt is the finest.
I wrote the Mutt FAQ on the Spamassassin web site. Spamassassin and mutt are great.
Old 02-01-2006, 03:32 PM   #30
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Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Lynden, WA
Distribution: Fedora Core 4 and Fedora Core 4 64bit
Posts: 17

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Firefox and Gmail all the way!

But if I were to use a "normal" email program, it would be thunderbird.


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