Evolution mail unstable, please switch to Thunderbird for the next release...

Joep L. Blom jlblom at neuroweave.nl
Fri Jul 9 12:15:12 UTC 2010

Tero Pesonen wrote:
> Thunderbird has the issue that you cannot compose messages on it like on
> a normal, well-behaving mail client. The line you're writing just keeps
> going on and on and on and wraps only after it has rolled long past the
> right hand corner of the screen. The result is that the composer window
> will have a scroll bar which you need to scroll from left to right in
> case you want to read what you wrote above -- the lines are that long.
> There is no way to get rid of this and have the composer wrap at, say,
> 68 or 72 characters. This behaviour goes against all HCI and
> accessibility guidelines ever produced and renders the product useless.
> The "feature" is well-known though the motivation behind introducing it
> back in the original Mozilla Mail is not.
> Do not make Thunderbird default for anything till they fix message
> composition.
> Thanks,
> Tero Pesonen
I switched a year ago from Evolution, for many of the reasons give by 
others on this list, to Thunderbird 2.0 (from the Ubuntu repository) 
with lightning.
If you want your mail editing be normal:
A. Don't use html *although I assume you use plain text)
Goto Edit-> preferences-> composition -> General
There you can set the # of characters before wrapping.
Of course I don't know how thunderbird 3.0 works but in the Ubuntu 
repositories (for 9.10) you still get thunderbird 2.0 which, in my 
system works without a problem (already for over a year).

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