"For a long while, GNOME-specific mail clients seemingly
languished in varying states of completion. Though Balsa has been
labelled the official GNOME mailer, there's a long list of
candidates that integrate with GNOME with varying degrees of
success and offer a collection of features that are pretty nice
even though there are some unfortunate shortcomings in individual
"Evolution remains the 800-pound gorilla, but it isn't done yet,
and it may be overkill for many when it is completed since it not
only provides a very complete mailer but calendar and contact
management as well. To that extent, it isn't appropriate to write
off some of the smaller projects still making progress toward a
goal similar to what kmail provides in the KDE environment: a
basic, easy-to-use, lightweight GUI mail client."
"Balsa seemingly stalled for a while, but development picked up
this year and the team has produced version 1.0 of the project. The
quick version of this review is as follows:"
"Balsa is stable, configurable, and integrates well with the
overall GNOME environment. It's very easy to use and configure, and
if there's any feature missing that I'd complain about, it's the
as-yet-to-be-completed filtering tools, which would give the
project parity with kmail, Netscape Messenger, and others."
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