Email clients

Can’t de­cide which desk­top email client to use? Shashank Sharma has been locked in the Lin­uxFor­mat Server Dun­geon tweak­ing his SMTP.

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We love stor­ing our own stuff and this month it’s our emails! Dis­cover the best email client that money can’t buy, as Shashank Sharma puts five through their paces.

While email clients may ap­pear to have not changed much since their de­but on the Linux desk­top, the dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions are con­stantly work­ing on adding new fea­tures to please ex­ist­ing users, and at­tract new ones. In ad­di­tion to ac­com­mo­dat­ing for touch de­vices, many ap­pli­ca­tions also sup­port ad­vanced fea­tures such as de­liv­ery no­ti­fi­ca­tions. This is es­pe­cially use­ful when work­ing with an IMAP ac­count, such as that of GMail.

Much like the per­fect web browser, or text edi­tor, there’s no clear an­swer as to which is the best email client. The ideal fea­ture set for a desk­top email client de­pends on the in­tended use. A ca­sual home user prob­a­bly doesn’t have any need for fea­tures such as de­liv­ery con­fir­ma­tion or sched­ul­ing, which would be rel­e­vant to busi­ness users.

De­spite many vi­able al­ter­na­tives on of­fer for users who pre­fer the com­mand-line over a GUI, we’ve re­stricted our­selves to graph­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions for this Roundup. While our se­lec­tion may seem heav­ily in favour of GTK, with only one KDE ap­pli­ca­tion thrown in the mix, the cho­sen ap­pli­ca­tions can be in­stalled on any desk­top, and your dis­tri­bu­tion’s soft­ware man­age­ment tool will fetch the ad­di­tional li­braries needed for these ap­pli­ca­tions to func­tion prop­erly.

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