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