Friday, August 21, 2015

Evolution Mail Vs. Thunderbird Mail Clients


For the most part of my computing experience, I have been using email
clients in the desktop and laptops. These would be Outlook, Evolution
Mail and Thunderbird in various machines, in different times and in
many scenarios. I have tried in lesser degrees other email clients but
these three form the bulk of my email experience.

I have not used Windows OS for a very long time now so I can't write
much about Outlook.

I want to recommend both Evolution and Thunderbird to users looking
for an alternative to Microsoft and Mac. Having done that I want to
talk about some issues about these applications for the rest of this
post.

Evolution Mail is both able to handle email and calendaring. It can
work with OpenPGP and encrypt or sign your emails. It is integrated
with the GNOME desktop to manage your keys and for desktop notifications
.

Thunderbird Mail is able to search your email fast. It is extensible
so you can add OpenPGP integration and calendaring. At version 38.x,
it comes with lightning (calendaring add-on) by default. It is highly
theme-able just like Mozilla's other product, Firefox. And also it
shares Firefox's extension store.

Lately, I have seen Evolution crashing when I try opening malformed
emails. I don't exactly know why, but certain forum emails present
Evolution with opening problems. Opening the same email in Thunderbird
doesn't seem to faze it. So this is an Evolution problem.

So just use Thunderbird, right?

I really like composing email with images inline to see how they'll
look. Most of my blog posts come from my email client. Evolution can
do this and more. It can even provide a limited image editor. Great
for thumbnails and icons. I can save a default signature for certain
emails. I like how it handles PGP signing and encrypting. It makes it
easy to read text even if it is signed. I like how easy it is to
choose fonts.

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