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LinuxPlanet: Balsa 1.0: Mail in the GNOME Environment

Dec 11, 2000, 18:46 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"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 clients."

"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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