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LinuxNovice.org: Mutt: An e-mail users best friend -- Part One

Jan 23, 2001, 18:44 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Manuel)

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"With all the choices of graphical e-mail clients available to Linux users, the reader may wonder why I would spend time on a terminal based e-mail program. Like other debates on GUI vs. terminal base applications, the answer to this question is "it depends". It depend on what your needs are, what you're use to, and finally, what your preference is. Let me start with why I use Mutt and then why you might like it too."

"Like most Linux users, I get quite a bit of e-mail from multiple mailing lists. I used Netscape Messenger for quit a while and, for the most part, was happy with it. However, reading mailing lists became a chore with Messenger because it handled threading poorly; with no way of changing its behavior. At the same time I needed a way of reading my mail remotely. If I used Messenger to retrieve my mail at work, I wouldn't be able to read it when I was at home and vis a versa. I was familiar with Pine and was going to use it when a friend suggested I try Mutt. Since it can be configured to use vi like key bindings, (I love vi), I decided to give it a try."

"Mutt can be configured to do about anything with your mail. It handles MIME encoded mail quite well, has PGP support, and can be used as a POP3 mail client. The way it works with mailing lists and threaded mail alone is reason enough for any heavy e-mail user to consider it. You can configure it to use different signatures depending on who you're sending mail. And you can configure it to view mail in different mailboxes in different ways, including using color highlighting for different parts of an e-mail. If there is some function you want Mutt to have, it can be configured to have that function."

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