GUI Mailtools for linux
The mailers reviewed where exmh, XFmail, Netscape, and Tkrat . UMT and TkMail have not been carefully investigated, so are considered on the "to-do" list until further notice. All of the mailers investigated are pretty good. In terms of usability for the beginner, XFMail soundly licks the competition. It is easy to use and feature-rich. Advanced users may prefer TkRat or exmh, though neither of these are substantially more feature rich than xfmail. Exmh is probably the most customisable of the packages, but the lack of on-board SMTP support is a problem. TkRat is very good. Netscape has the basic features but was not as easy to use as XFMail.
|On board Nested Folders||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|(GUI )Filtering Rules||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Free?||Yes||XForms||Yes||Yes||Yes||Motif, and restrictions|
|Pop support ?||No||Yes||No||No||?||Yes|
|IMAP support >||No||Yes||No||No||?||Yes|
|MH Folder support||Yes||Yes||No||No||?||?|
|Elm folder support||No||Yes||No||Yes||?||?|
XFMail 1.2 is a highly configurable and user friendly email client. It's versatility is among it's virtues: it has native IMAP support , pop support and SMTP support. It can read mail folders from mh or from the mbox format. In other words, it can basically read all of your mail folders regardless of what other mail tools you use. Everything you could imagine is configurable from the GUI. Nice work.
Feature list, stolen from the application home-page: Very easy to use user interface. Program is fully configurable via the user interface. No need to change configuration files. Ability to retrieve mail both from POP/IMAP and spool file. Smart POP features Supports MH and elm-style local mailboxes Mail could be sent using unix sendmail or directly via SMTP gateway. Internal address book. Support for faces and picons. Full MIME support. Support for IMAP4 remote folders Multiple address books with mailing list support Flexible message filtering rules (incoming and outgoing) Multiple signatures with attachment rules Multi-lingual support PGP support (including PGP/MIME and PGP keyserver support) Nested folders Internal spell-checker Configurable internal editor Drag-and-Drop USENET posting On-line help also there many other little nice features, just grab it and take a look!
TkRat is my favourite mailer. It contains several features, and includes support for SMTP delivery , a must for the home user who lacks a FQDN. It's also one of the few packages that is truly free. Most of the features are easy to configure through the GUI. The only conspicuous omission is the fact that one can't set up mail filtering without using procmail.
Another point on the "down side" is that you need to use an alternative program to retrieve mail from a pop3 server.