Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

What Thunderbird 1.5 should have been

Filed under
Software

Somewhere between Evolution and Mozilla Thunderbird is my perfect mail client. Evolution has three features that get me salivating: the calendar; the ability to make rules with a simple right-click on a message; and its tight integration with Gnome.

Then there's Thunderbird. Its user interface is cleaner and simpler (I think this has a lot to do with the fonts the developers chose), its super-fast (particularly compared to Evolution), and its IMAP support is excellent.

Its with these criteria in mind that I joyfully downloaded the latest version of Thunderbird - version 1.5 - and went through the rather painful jump from Evolution to the Mozilla mail client. I haven't used Thunderbird for quite some time, so I expected some big changes. Unfortunately they were not forthcoming.

What does version 1.5 give us that version 1.0 didn't? It's got a scam detector that marks just about any newsletter and e-zine as a scam - including Tectonic's weekly newsletter. There's a spell checker that checks as you type. You can get podcasts. And that's about it.

Sure, there are other changes - an improved updates engine and security fixes - but not a whole lot of stuff that really makes a difference to me as a user. Considering the massive amount of development on Thunderbird in its initial year of existence, this version bump is pretty poor, especially since the move is from version 1.0.7. If this is the half-way mark to version 2.0, I'm not holding my breath.

So instead of doing a review of the new Thunderbird - if you've seen version 1.0, then you've seen version 1.5 - I'm going to make a wishlist for my ideal mail client.

Full Article.

ideal mail client

Everyone is entitled to their own 'ideal'. Mine is quite different to the author of this article because I want my mail program to deal with plain text mail, nothing more and nothing less. I see no reason why mail program should include a calendar (aren't there enough calendars on the desktop yet?) or deal with RSS feeds (that's a job for a browser, I think. I don't really use RSS feeds anyway). Importing mail is simple enough with mbox and IMAP both available; anything else should be handled by a separate utility rather than adding bloat to the program with feature used once in a blue moon... Just about the only thing I can agree with is filtering on a mailing list. Yes, that would be handy.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Games for GNU/Linux

Linux Devices

  • This week in vc4 (2016-12-05): SDTV, 3DMMES, HDMI audio, DSI
    The Raspberry Pi Foundation recently started contracting with Free Electrons to give me some support on the display side of the stack. Last week I got to review and release their first big piece of work: Boris Brezillon's code for SDTV support. I had suggested that we use this as the first project because it should have been small and self contained. It ended up that we had some clock bugs Boris had to fix, and a bug in my core VC4 CRTC code, but he got a working patch series together shockingly quickly. He did one respin for a couple more fixes once I had tested it, and it's now out on the list waiting for devicetree maintainer review. If nothing goes wrong, we should have composite out support in 4.11 (we're probably a week late for 4.10).
  • Raspberry Pi VC4 Driver Work On SDTV, HDMI Audio & More
    Eric Anholt's latest weekly blog post on the VC4 development highlights SDTV support coming together, the Raspberry Pi Foundation contracting Free Electrons to provide more development help on the display stack, HDMI audio support for VC4 DRM driver continuing to inch along, DSI fixes, some code generation improvements for VC4 Gallium3D, and other work.
  • Rugged Skylake embedded PC has wide range power
    Axiomtek’s “eBOX565-500-FL” computer runs Linux or Windows on dual-core Intel 6th Gen CPUs, and offers four USB 3.0 ports and wide-range power. The eBOX565-500-FL updates the two-year-old eBOX560-880-FL embedded PC, which provides dual-core Intel 4th Gen “Haswell” Core and Celeron CPUs. The very similar eBOX565-500-FL instead taps the 14nm Intel 6th Gen “Skylake” ULT processors, once again offering two dual-core options: the 2.4GHz Core i5-6300U and the 2.0GHz Celeron 3955U.

Servers/Networks

  • Docker acquires file syncing and sharing app Infinit, will open-source the software
    Docker, the startup that pushes open source software for packaging up code into containers that can be deployed on many machines, today announced its latest acquisition: file transfer app Infinit. Yes, that’s right, Docker bought a company with a consumer-friendly app. It lets you sync files to your other devices or send them to others.
  • How Virtualized Networks Will Save Us From Dropped Calls
    We’ve all been the victim of a dropped mobile phone call and know how frustrating it can be. However, virtualized networks provide network operators with powerful tools to detect and recover from network disruptions, or “faults,” that can drop calls for thousands of subscribers simultaneously. The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) project together with OpenStack have developed features in software that add resiliency to mobile networks and enable them to recover from network and other outages.
  • It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging
    “My own story would not have been possible but for the democratizing force of Microsoft technology reaching me where I was growing up,” CEO Satya Nadella told shareholders this week. But the price of that “democratizing force” is about to go up, with Britons uniquely singled out. Microsoft has reiterated to Azure customers that prices will go up by 22 per cent from January 1st. The problem? The price rise is far greater than any exchange rate post-Brexit fluctuations might justify. Microsoft’s biggest European data centre is in Dublin, a member of the Euro currency. The Euro hovered around €1.28 to one pound for the first six months of the year, before crashing after Brexit. It’s now €1.19, a depreciation of just 9 cents, or 7 per cent. The value of the British pound has weakened more dramatically against the US dollar, dropping by 18.9 per cent since 24 June - the day after Brits voted to leave the EU. For new Office or Azure cloud customers in the UK, no exchange rate can justify any price rise at all. In September, Microsoft made Azure available in UK data centres.

Android Leftovers