Kmail vs. Thunderbird

errol at errol at
Tue Nov 13 09:03:33 UTC 2012

----- Original Message -----
From: "O. Sinclair" <o.sinclair at>
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 8:10
Subject: Re: Kmail vs. Thunderbird
To: kubuntu-users at

> 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.
> Sinclair
I also only use pop3 accounts. Is there a way of using (or at least reading) mbox folders from a windows program?
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