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Old 9th November 2010
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Default Which mail client do you use?

Since I currently just use generic webmail, I'm looking to pick out a good mail client I can use with my e-mail address instead of the webmail. So what mail clients do you guys use?
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I use mutt. Worked very well for me for the last few years.

Not quite the easiest to start with though ...
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Gnus (in emacs). I like that it folds Usenet, Mail, certain websites (slashdot, but not yet daemonforums or undeadly -- probably doable with some simple programming), and RSS feeds under the news reading wing.
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Heirloom mailx on OpenBSD because native mailx has no MIME support. On my

http://sdf.lonestar.org/

which runs NetBSD on Alpha I use native mailx since NetBSD mailx does have a native MIME support. Merging those twelve files from NetBSD to OpenBSD which provides MIME support for mailx has been now for a while on my todo list. Additional benefit of Hairloom mailx is that can fetch mail from IMAP and POP mail boxes.

P.S. Yes, I am aware that I can add MIME functionality on native OpenBSD mailx with
/converters/mpack or mail/metamail. I also like /mail/fdm http://fdm.sourceforge.net/ much better
than fetchmail or getmail for fetching IMAP and POP mail boxes.

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On NetBSD I use the supplied mailx. On Linux I use Heirloom mailx. On SunOS I use both the supplied mailx, as well as pine when I want to access the server interactively.
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mutt for all text based Email, including OpenBSD mailing lists.
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I use mail.google.com for 98% of my email needs, that's my main client :-P. Ocassionally I will use heirloom mailx or thunderbird to access my various mailboxes.

One client that I can recommend, is claws-mail. It is a very good GUI client for doing mail.


I have been debating between using thunderbird, claws, patching heirloom mailx, and eventually writing one someday (just for fun ofc). But typing ^L^Tmai^M to load gmail is just soo easy :-/
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In the past elm, my wife uses Alpine (Pine) and I'm happy with Mutt.
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I've used various local clients over the years, and webmail providers.

OpenBSD's mail(1), Sylpheed mail (..claws mail predecessor), Thunderbird.

No favourites, but I don't really like MIME or HTML formatted mail, so whichever I'm using I convert to plain text.
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No favourites, but I don't really like MIME or HTML formatted mail, so whichever I'm using I convert to plain text.
Are you suggesting that you have never send an e-mail with an attachment? That is the kind of support I need from mail(1) from the base of OpenBSD. HTML in the native mail(1) probably could be easily handled with something like
Code:
# Reading HTML mail
set pipe-text/html="lynx -dump -force_html /dev/stdin"
in your .mailrc file.

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I don't send MIME attachments, no, usually I prefer hosting the file locally and providing a link.. alternatively I'll send the file inline base64 encoded.

I really don't like dealing with HTML mail, although I realize it's becoming more proliferated by careless webmail providers and people wanting fancy markup.. personally I add them to my blacklist and tell them to contact me using another method.
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alternatively I'll send the file inline base64 encoded.
I like that
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nmh, which despite its name is not very new! It is very nice, command‐line oriented and very scriptable (no curses interface). Unfortunately it is also very old—but at least it supports MIME.

For sending mail, well, I use OpenSMTPD as a relay to GMail, since it’s in base (on OpenBSD) and uses TLS for auth. I’d like to encrypt my email too, but haven’t gotten around to it yet…
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Primarily mutt, but do run thunderbird for the email that isn't text.
Easier for me to start thunderbird than try explain things to people. After all, they run Windows
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nmh, which despite its name is not very new! It is very nice, command‐line oriented and very scriptable (no curses interface). Unfortunately it is also very old—but at least it supports MIME.

For sending mail, well, I use OpenSMTPD as a relay to GMail, since it’s in base (on OpenBSD) and uses TLS for auth. I’d like to encrypt my email too, but haven’t gotten around to it yet…
I was not aware of that one. I looked the web-site and it looked very interesting. It is indeed original mail client for Unix systems unlike Mutt or Alpine which bring nothing new and interesting to people who use Berkeley Mailx(1). The lack of proper IMAP support however would mean that I would have to use fdm to fetch the mail which is not the case with Hairloom mailx.

We discussed only MUA here. Heirloom mailx which I use can be easily forced to use another mail server (currently I use default Sendmail server) on OpenBSD. In particular OpenSMTPD has sendmail like interface due to the fact that will eventually have to replace sendmail in the base of OpenBSD (which is like all Unix-es built around Sendmail). When Sendmail gets removed from the base of OpenBSD most people will not even notice it.
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Oko, just use offlineimap. You'll find it in OpenBSD packages, also perfect as backup solution.
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Oko, just use offlineimap. You'll find it in OpenBSD packages, also perfect as backup solution.
Again I was not aware of this. How does it compare to fdm, fetchmail, and getmail?
I actually do like fdm very much.


Edit: On the second look I am not very impressed. It uses Python like getmail (did I say that I am not a big fun of Python). Doesn't support SSL nor POP (Da ... read the name )

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On the second look (I actually installed it) nmh is fantastic. Surprise, surprise when it is coming from RAND corporation. My favorite corporation

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It supports SSL, but you have to activate it. I'm actually using it in OpenBSD 4.8 with Imap via SSL.

[Account foo]
ssl=yes
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