Microwave Biscuit


Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on March 21, 2007

Over the past few months I’ve heard lots of folks brag about how great sylpheed-claws is as a mail client. I decided to give it a shot. I have been using Evolution for quite some time and all of the reasons people switched to Sylpheed were similar to mine. First and foremost is that Evolution is a BIG application with lots of features, of which I use 1%. I don’t need MS Exchange abilities, nor do I even really use calendaring. Also as others have said, Sylpheed is FAST. It loads fast, works fast, etc.

There are a bunch of different versions floating around. If you search for “claws” in synaptic or the like you will see two different sets of sylpheed-claws installs. I choose the GTK2 version as it looks prettier. Apparently there is also a fork – Claws-Mail that some use but Claws-Mail wasn’t in the repositories that I have so for now it’s Sylpheed-Claws. I’ve added in a few useful addons/scripts to make life easier and after using it for a couple of days I think I really like it. If all you need is e-mail but want a lot of mail related features Sylpheed-Claws is worth a second look!

I’ve also written a perl script related to it but that’s coming in another post.

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  1. Colin said, on March 22, 2007 at 1:41 am


    in fact the multitude of versions is partly due to Debian’s slowness πŸ™‚ It went this way:
    -Sylpheed-Claws started as a fork of Sylpheed, and got packaged in debian
    -we released the gtk2 port, which got packaged as sylpheed-claws-gtk2 in debian
    -we changed the name to Claws Mail, to reflect the fact that we’re not syncing with Sylpheed anymore. It’s not yet in Debian due to the current freeze.
    However, Claws Mail is more recent than Sylpheed-Claws, and you can find unofficial Debian and Ubuntu repositories at http://www.claws-mail.org/downloads.php

    Hth πŸ™‚
    Colin (Claws Mail developer)

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