Claws Mail vs. Thunderbird – A comparison

If you have been reading this blog for a while you know I have recently switched over from Thunderbird to Claws Mail. After all the fuss at Mozilla concerning Thunderbird I thought I would look for a replacement, not for immediate use, but for the future in case Thunderbird was shot down from it’s email flight.
Now that I have been using Claws Mail for a while I thought I would write up a comparison between Claws Mail and Thunderbird and maybe this way I can help some people making a decision.

Read the rest of this entry »

Claws-Mail – Part V

I’ve been using Claws-mail for a couple of days now and I’m loving it more and more.
Some of the features I love:

  • The ability to process a folder based on rules. I set up a processing filter for example, for some of my folders to delete the emails after 60 days, but only if I haven’t set the thread to be watched. No way I could do this in Thunderbird. Sure it’s a bit of a setup in Claws, especially if you have a lot o ffolders but it sure is worth it.
  • Integration with SpamAssassin. It’s wasn’t an easy setup, mostly because of my lack of knowledge of SpamAssassin, but that had nothing to do with Claws-mail, the integration with Claws-mail is outstanding.
  • The speed.
  • The Next button. Read the next unread mail, covers all folders and all mailboxes.

Yes there are things that I miss but I’ll put in some requests for change with the developers and see what they think.

I’ll elaborate on the “problems” I ran into with SpamAssassin.
Read the rest of this entry »

Claws-Mail – Part IV

Claws-Mail replaced the love I had for Thunderbird. I have been a Thunderbird user for many years and it was a great replacement for Outlook Express at the time.
I blogged before I couldn’t use Claws-Mail but after I switched back to Thunderbird again, things began to bug me. The layout and speed of Claws-Mail was something I was missing in Thunderbird. So I decided to change the way I was using GPG and signatures to accommodate Claws-Mail. I did this while still using Thunderbird and it was clear I could do it and switched back to Claws-Mail again.

I switched back just about an hour ago and I love it. I don’t feel bad about it unlike when I switched from from Claws-Mail to Thunderbird. I was always looking back at Claws-Mail and trying to see if I could make it work.

Claws-Mail – Part III

I decided to switch back to Thunderbird for now.
The missing of an equivalent of Enigmail is the most important reason.

I love the speed of Claws and when the developers implement something like Enigmail I will definitely come back to Claws.

If you aren’t using GPG intensely or at all for that matter I really suggest to checkout Claws, it really is a good email client. The speed is great.

Claws-Mail – Part II

I posted my questions from my previous posting on the Claws mail listing and what I want isn’t possible, at least not in an easy way.
What they suggested is setting up different accounts for each signature and use that account, same for the GPG stuff.

Lets see if I have one account with 1 signature I need to setup 4 accounts, if I don’t want to include encryption.
1. No signature, No signing
2. Yes signature, No signing
3. No signature, Yes signing
4. Yes signature, Yes signing

Now I have one account with two signatures and sometimes I sign it and sometimes I encrypt it, so I would have to setup 16 accounts, and remember which account does what.

Yes I know I can manually do the signing and/or encrypting but with Enigmail you set it up one time for certain recipients and no more worries.

This is definitely something I have to think really hard about if I am going to switch to Claws-Mail.