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The current state of linux email clients?

mcloaked (2791017) writes | about a year ago

Linux 2

mcloaked (2791017) writes "We get all kinds of news about new developments but one subject has been lacking for some time and that is email clients for linux (or Windows for that matter).

A number of reviews mostly not all that recent have pointed to the main clients as Thunderbird, Evolution, Claws-mail, and Kmail as possibilities. Up to about a year ago Thunderbird seemed to be
"the" email client with the best mix of positives.

However there are no recent reviews that I have seen and in the meantime Thunderbird has moved to monthly releases which are more maintenance releases, with security fixes, with little real functional change — and little new development. Thunderbird won't be changed into the future much, if one interprets the available news information.

Evolution is reported to be rather prone to being buggy, and kmail even more so. Claws-mail has limitations as does kmail.

So where is the future going without any real innovation on available linux mail clients? We need a well maintained and capable mail
client, with preferably good calendar integration (webcal/google calendar), properly supported html composing, good maildir format storage for local mail, good security support including the capacity
to deal with both gpg and s/mime encryption and signing. It needs a good modern UI, and good import/export facilities as well as good
integration with its address book, including good import/export of addresses.

Are we likely to see this kind of package as we move into the future or will mail clients slowly disappear?
At the moment it looks like email client support is dead — maybe users are moving more into web mail and the cloud rather than having a properly functional mail client on their desktops?

I wonder what do people think?"

2 comments

Mutt (1)

Yenya (12004) | about a year ago | (#42227819)

Why limit yourself to the X11 clients? I am perfectly happy with mutt (www.mutt.org). It is _fast_ (especially with local mail storage), does what I want it to do (I don't need calendar, for example), and can be used everywhere, including remote ssh session from my Android phone.

But it seems my requirements are different to what the OP needs.

Evolution is still the best option for me. (1)

neiras (723124) | about a year ago | (#42228019)

Evolution is the GNOME default, but it's just about the least GNOME-y application there is. It's big, it's ugly, and it feels like it's assembled out of a collection of parts scrounged from a cobwebby corner of someone's hard drive, then glued together with a dash of SYNERGISTIC ENTERPRISE SYNERGY.

As soon as you try to use any of its more esoteric features, you start running into problems. LDAP? Works sometimes with some servers. IMAP? Sure, pick one of two backends, each with its own set of tradeoffs. Calendar integration with CalDAV? Works but breaks sometimes. The plugin system is pretty malformed. Still, in an office environment Evolution works really well when people are sending those fucking Outlook meeting requests around.

Evo needs a serious UI refresh and probably ought to be split into Calendar/Address Book/Email/Tasks component apps. The giant, monolithic Outlook clone model really feels like a throwback. And why, in 2012, can't I have new mail notifications without having an Evo window open? It boggles the mind.

There's still a reason I stick with email clients over webmail, and that's client-side message signing and encryption. I just wish more clients would go with GMail's Conversation/Archiving model.

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