Evolution or Thunderbird

Paul Tansom paul at aptanet.com
Thu Sep 13 15:27:49 UTC 2007

** Michael R. Head <burner at suppressingfire.org> [2007-09-12 19:54]:
> On Wed, 2007-09-12 at 08:50 -0700, Steve Lamb wrote:
> Does TBird still require users to subscribe to every folder on the IMAP
> server that they want to see? 
> Does it have persistent search folders?
> Also, does it have a "automatically check for new mail in all folders"
> option yet?

If you take a look at the Server Settings for your mail account in
Thunderbird and click on the Advanced button just over half way down the
right hand side you'll find a 'Show only subscribed folders' option
checked. If you uncheck this you'll see all the folders there.

I can't remember how long it has been there, but it has been there some
time since I can't remember it being added and have used Netscape and
then Thunderbird for email since the mid 90s. I have a copy of Netscape
1.2 and used the Netscape Messaging server with IMAP and Netscape
Communicator when IMAP was first introduced to it.

> I've tried to switch to TBird a few times because I'd prefer a cross
> platform email app, but it simply doesn't show me all my emails or let
> me have virtual folders that cross cut other folders.

I experimented with other email clients for a while. Claws was totally
unusable with IMAP, even though I persisted for some months. Anything
KDE based wasn't even considered since I don't like KDE at all. I
experimented with Evolution for a while, but not being an Outlook fan it
seemed way to much of a heavy weight client, particularly when I had to
install a ton and a half of Gnome libraries to go with it.

Thunderbird has pretty much been the best option for me on a graphical
client side of things, but it has to be said I only use it when I have
to get at HTML email. I took a quick look at Mutt back in 2000, then
settled on Pine for a few months since it was so much easier to get
into. Then on switching to Debian I persisted with Mutt and wouldn't be
without it now. Pine is a nightmare to go back to now!
** end quote [Michael R. Head]

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