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 Post subject: Thunderbird v Sylpheed Claws.
PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 6:44 pm 
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Does anyone here have any direct comparison knowledge of Thunderbird/IceDove versus Claws mail? (Is it faster, lighter, many features or not etc)

I've been using Thunderbird for ages, and now using IceDove in antiX, and it's good. I like the way that it works & i like the features etc, but Claws looks pretty good, and LOOKS a lot lighter than IceDove.

Is it worth it, or would the benefits be minimal?


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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 12:09 am 
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I like Claws Mail (formerly Sylpheed-Claws) a lot more than Thunderbird. At least on my computer, there is a large difference in performance between the two programs. Even though I have Thunderbird installed, I rarely use it. I mainly keep it around for when I want to send someone a pretty, HTML-formatted, "e-card" type of message.

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Hey pcalvert, thanks for the reply. :)

I'm still using IceDove (Still haven't changed to claws yet) and i guess one way to lighten the load of IceDove would be to clear out (archive) a lot of the older messages etc (of which there are quite a few). But i still feel that, like Firefox/IceWeasel etc, IceDove is getting somewhat "Heavy" as it matures & progresses, and getting slower as well. That's why i'm considering the change, although it's not something that i'm looking forward to, mainly because, for one thing, i'll have to convert (somehow) the address books from IceDove to claws. Then there's the archiving of all the messages..... (Groan!) :) I'll probably never need them or read them again, but you can bet that if i don't save them somewhere, i'll need "some" of them at some future time! LOL!

So i take it that claws doesn't do HTML mail then? No biggie i suppose. I'm quite getting into lighter apps at the moment and have started using both kazehakase & midori instead of IceWeasel. They're not as "Featured" but they're a lot quicker & midori is really coming along in leaps & bounds.

Anyway, many thanks again for the reply. I shall definitely look into claws asap.


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If you want to go REEEEALLY light there is always mutt: http://www.mutt.org/


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JawsThemeSwimming428 wrote:
If you want to go REEEEALLY light there is always mutt: http://www.mutt.org/


Thanks for the link JawsThemeSwimming428. I'm not really into text based apps (i'd rather use xchat than irssi for instance) but it's always good to have alternatives, because you never know when you may need an app like that. I have used links2 on quite a few occassions for instance, when i needed a browser to work on severely restricted (resources wise) machines. I think then, they really shine. :)


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Not a problem! I used Mutt for a little while but I decided to switch to Claws as well.


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I use mutt to read local mail. In other words, to read messages that scripts generate after they run. I get an email from chkrootkit every day warning me about some suspicious (though harmless) stuff that it finds.

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DJiNN wrote:
That's why i'm considering the change, although it's not something that i'm looking forward to, mainly because, for one thing, i'll have to convert (somehow) the address books from IceDove to claws. Then there's the archiving of all the messages..... (Groan!) :) I'll probably never need them or read them again, but you can bet that if i don't save them somewhere, i'll need "some" of them at some future time! LOL!


Claws Mail should be able to easily import your emails from IceDove. You should also be able to import your address book.

A Google search turned up this:

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------- Comment #6 from berndth@... 2008-02-18 17:32 -------
(In reply to comment #3)
> Prior to Claws, I used Thunderbird; through no fault of Claws, I am unable to
> access Thunderbird's address book, thus the harvest tool is crucial.

Why don't you just export your addressbook from Thunderbird, and import it
again in Claws Mail? Claws Mail has a script to import csv files generated by
Thunderbird (http://www.claws-mail.org/tools.php).



DJiNN wrote:
So i take it that claws doesn't do HTML mail then? No biggie i suppose. I'm quite getting into lighter apps at the moment and have started using both kazehakase & midori instead of IceWeasel. They're not as "Featured" but they're a lot quicker & midori is really coming along in leaps & bounds.

That's right, Claws Mail doesn't do HTML. However, if you receive an HTML-formatted email message, you can have Claws Mail open the text/html part in a web browser. I just tried it using Dillo as the web browser and it worked okay.

Phil


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