Kmail vs. Thunderbird

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at
Tue Nov 13 06:10:26 UTC 2012

On 13/11/2012 07:24, Errol Sapir wrote:
> On 11/11/2012 09:58 PM, Mark Greenwood wrote:
>> On Sunday 11 Nov 2012 19:52:28 Valter Mura wrote:
>>> Hi All
>>> so, again, the old, (in)famous issue.
>>> System:
>>> - Kubuntu 64bit 12.10 updated
>>> - KDE 4.9.2
>>> I made a *fresh* installation of Kubuntu in a "virgin" hard disk, setup the
>>> entire Kmail with all my accounts (everything is kept to server, so I don't
>>> have problems to lose something).
>>> Nepomuk has made its work, indexing my folders and now is quiet.
>>> The accounts are syncronized, Kmail is quiet. the "google-akonadi-contacs"
>>> plugin is working, so I can see my contacts in the addressbook. But.
>>> But, I cannot get working the address autocompletion when composing a message!
>>> So, even if now my system is quite new and works well (as fast as I expected),
>>> I'm seriously thinking of migrating to TB and have full-working system...
>>> Please, give me suggestions for not take this irreversible decision.
>>> TIA
>>> Ciao
>> Nepomuk must be enabled for address autocompletion to work. However if it isn't you do get a warning message when you compose mail in KMail.
>> Try opening KAddressbook and ensure there is a tick in the box next to your google contacts list. It works for me but I'm on 4.9.3.
>> Like you, I considered moving to Thunderbird as I have plenty of other issues with KMail but I tried it and it just didn't feel right :)
>> Mark
> Hi Mark & Valter
> I'd like to jump in this discussion at the other end of the problem. I
> have  been using TB for years and am happy with it. Lately I have looked
> into KMail and am thinking of moving over. One thing preventing me doing
> it is the fact that for work purposes I have Windows as a dual boot on
> my computer. I use Thunderbird in both and have the mail on a common
> partition so I can use my TB in whatever I am logged into.
> Persuade me please:-\
> Errol
As Kmail can use mbox folders I see no reason why you could not at least 
try and see how it works.

I am happy with KMail (and also use Thunderbird for accounts that I 
consider unrelated to business, that way eg mailing lists do not disturb 
my workflow, I only start TB when I feel like interacting with lists 
etc) despite some lingering problems and a very rudimentary dealing with 
HTML mails. But for me the integration with KDE means a lot. Note 
however I use only pop3 accounts... no IMAP and as I read the lists and 
forums that seems to be a problematic area.


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