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Old 04-13-2008, 11:04 PM   #1
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NS 4.X Messenger like email


OK it seems the libraries needed for NS 4.X are not available for an up to date Debian. After loving it for 10 years, I have to give up Messenger. Well I think the newer Netscapes with their Outlook clone are still available. If I liked crummy software, I would be running Outlook on Vista.

I have looked at NS 6.X, NS 7.X, Kmail, Evolution, Icedove, Thunderbird, Outlook, and likely some things I forgot. Compared to olde NS 4.X, they vary from as bad as Outlook to worse.

Is there anybody that used NS 4.X, now using anything like it? It blows my mind that all the current stuff is inferior to what I was using 10 years ago.
 
Old 04-14-2008, 08:30 AM   #2
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How about mutt?
It's text-based, simple (yet comprehensive), and the documentation for it is ubiquitous.

 
Old 04-14-2008, 09:10 AM   #3
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Text based? Does that mean I am going to be typing commands instead of clicking buttons?
 
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Did you looked at seamonkey?
 
Old 04-14-2008, 10:05 AM   #5
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With mutt, you just bind keys to actions (the defaults are more than adequate, though).
So, you would run mutt, and be greeted with a nice, curses-based interface. The more common commands are highlighted at the top of the screen.

EDIT: Seamonkey is a really nice, Netscape 4.x/Mozilla-esque internet suite, as bathory suggested.

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Old 04-17-2008, 07:32 PM   #6
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Did you looked at seamonkey?
As a browser/email client, is Seamonkey going to be much different from Iceweasel? Will it work with Foxmarks? Does it scrool through bookmarks or give multiple columns like Konquorer?

I hate to mess around downloading programs, installing them, setting them up, only to not see much difference from anything else.
 
Old 04-17-2008, 11:27 PM   #7
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Seamonkey works with Iceweasel plugins (as far as I've experimented with).

Seamonkey behaves (and looks) almost identical to Netscape 4.0.
 
Old 09-12-2008, 09:50 AM   #8
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Well, I have finally settled on Kmail. As far as an email program goes, it seems to be OK, but I can't seem to get into an address book entry to make changes or to display nicknames.

As the text editor, I long used NS for, it is different, but perhaps better. I find it interesting that Aspell seems to work better in it than in Ice Dove. It is still Macrocrap like unfriendly if none of its suggestions are correct. You either have to delete its suggestion and start over, or click ignore and go back to your text and revise your original entry and then go back to spell check.

Once I get over that, I note it gives more suggestions, and handles 2 letter words that NS 4.X failed on. It also finds words that should have been capatalized in sometimes. In some cases, it gives so many suggestions, it is hard to find the right one. For example, if I type ''mor'', I have to scroll down to find ''more''. Over all, when it comes to cleaning up my spelling and typing impairments, it may be doing better than the NS. I guess I could try the same piece of text in both and count key strokes or time myself, but even if NS won, I still couldn't use it without going to VMware XP. Not only would such a test be pointless, I have a computer to get stuff done, not to play with.
 
  


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