[Novalug] Searching for a new email client
tux2dave at davearonson.com
Sun Feb 24 18:07:11 EST 2008
John Franklin wrote:
> Mail.app on Mac. Yes, it means getting a Mac, but it fits the bill.
Hmmmm. So, get a Mac, run some kind of Linux on it, and the Mac
analogue of WINE (MINE?) to run mail.app?
Or did you really mean (gasp!) Not Run Linux?! HERETIC!!! Burn him!
Oh. Wait a minute. I'm typing this from my... Powerbook... running...
MacOSX... uhhhh... nevermindkthxbye! ;-)
Okay, seriously now, it depends, as always, on what you need. I tried
mail.app and it was OK, but it didn't support, in any way I could easily
figure out how to do easily, a few features I consider crucial. I
forget what the others were, but the one I remember is that it wouldn't
let me easily change the From line. (No fraud intended; I use a
gazillion different addresses, as an anti-spam measure.)
Thunderbird doesn't either... by itself. However, the Virtual Identity
plugin makes it do so, pretty easily. (So does Gmail, so that's my
webmail of choice these days.)
The other big advantage of T-bird over most of the others, is that I can
use the same package, on my Windows, Mac, AND Linux boxes. No more
having to mentally switch gears between Outhouse, mail.app, and Kmail.
Now only between T-bird and, when I'm somewhere that lets me do web but
not IMAP, Gmail (though I'm still stuck in the Outhouse for work email).
I must admit, though, mail.app's filters being able to run random
Applescript is pretty cool. There may be a plugin to allow T-bird to do
that, but certainly not by default.
Then there's the whole "get a Mac" thing. Definitely sound advice for
any techie (or non-techie looking to escape the clutches of the Beast of
Redmond) with a few grand to spare.
"Specialization is for insects." -Heinlein
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