[ubuntu-uk] where Ubuntu falls short

Rowan Berkeley rowan.berkeley at googlemail.com
Fri Jul 17 09:27:11 BST 2009

Sean Miller <sean at seanmiller.net> said:
> What's wrong with the e-mailer? You have a choice of multiple e-mail
> clients, Evolution and Thunderbird being the most popular, but there 
> are many others in the repos. Far better than Outlook Express or 
> whatever.

Rob Beard <rob at esdelle.co.uk> said:
> What E-Mail application and Music Player are you using? Maybe someone
> could suggest alternatives? I personally use Thunderbird myself.

In both cases I am referring to the default clients, Evolution and
Rhythmbox. I have explained the difficulties in recent posts here.
Evolution does not integrate with the Mail Notifier. It is necessary to
set up the Mail Notifier pointing to the same external email account as
Evolution, in order to create a Default Keyring password, which
Evolution requires in order to open. Nevertheless, the Mail Notifier's
tray icon and Evolution's own taskbar notifier check independently for
new email. As for Rhythmbox, it populates its music library according to
tag versions which are not always accessible via EasyTag. An additional
problem is that Evolution asks every time the library is repopulated for
an mp3 tag demuxer, which it then cannot find in the repositories,
though apparently this does exist there, in one of the many 'good',
'bad' and 'ugly' gstreamer plugins. Banshee, incidentally, seems unable
to read some tags which according to EasyTag are properly written.

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