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Old 02-23-2003, 10:41 AM   #1
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Question Qtopia browser and AOLMail?

While AOL does not have a client for LINUX, their webmail client should work with Qtopia's browser. Everything loads fine and prompts for login and password but once it whirs off and thinks for a minute, it comes back and asks for re-entry of Password or login and password, then it whirs again and does it all over again. Can someone more technical than I (not difficult) explain why Qtopia's browser won't access AOLMail and if there is another browser out there that might? Replies to appreciated but I'll watch here too.



forgot to mention that this is a Zaurus SL550 with embedded linux

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Old 02-12-2004, 09:53 AM   #2
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i don't know anything about qtopia, but the problem is, i believe, a result of AOL (and Netscape, too, for their Webmail service) using a non-standard bastardisation of the IMAP mail protocol. there are, as far as i know, no open-source clients capable of using this totally non-standard protocol.

however, if you really do need to access your AOL mail from a linux box, you should be OK with the Netscape Navigator mail client. it certainly works with Netscape webmail.

Netscape isn't open-source, and it differs in its support for said mail protocol from its open-source sibling Mozilla (which does NOT support Netscape / AOL mail).

This was the only solution i had to adopt for my father, and involved a 16MB download from Netscape's website (annoying at 56k dialup!!) - the browser is available for x86 Linux distros.

hope this helps (even if it wasn't quite the news you were probably wanting!)


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