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O'Reilly Network: Introducing Sylpheed

Dec 07, 2001, 13:19 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Oktay Altunergil)

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"Sylpheed really shines after you create the accounts and start to actually use the application. The first thing you will notice is the responsiveness of the application. Most of the email clients I had previously tried would pause for a noticable amount of time when you clicked a message to dislay it. I could never imagine selecting all messages in a folder and marking them as read/unread. With Sylpheed, there's virtually no delay. You see the messages in the display pane right away. Sending and receiving email does not disable the main window, which allows you to keep reading your messages or compose new ones while this operation is underway.

This brings us to the most annoying feature of Sylpheed. Each time the application tries to check for new email, it pops up a mini window in the center of the screen. If you have a lot of accounts, this mini window will stay there for a long time. You cannot hide or disable this window. There's no configuration that will make this annoyance go away.

However, if you're thinking "well, it's open source, I can just modify the code and add that option myself," don't launch vi, emacs , or another text editor just yet. Another group of Sylpheed lovers have already done just that, and more. Their version is called Sylpheed-Claws, which is advertised as the "bleeding edge" version of Sylpheed. They even claim it "bites." This bleeding edge version routinely takes Sylpheed and enhances it to make it even more configurable. Some enhancements also find their way to the main Sylpheed release."

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