Linked by Sharif Islam on Fri 30th Jul 2004 08:28 UTC
Internet & Networking I had been an avid user of Pine for almost five years. Recently, I decided to move to a greener posture. I dumped my good old Pine and settled with a graphical client. Although, sometime I miss the simple, fast, text based interface, the new relationship is shaping up to be an exciting one. We have our bad times, but overall I am happy with the switch.
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Still prefer a CLI mua over a GUI all-in-one
by ThanhVu Nguyen on Fri 30th Jul 2004 21:35 UTC

The Gui mail clients I have tried include Evolution, Thunderbird and Sylpheed (my preferred over the the other 2)- and at the end, I keep going back to Mutt.

It's fast and has tons of configurations which are great for me to kill time. Also switching between folders in Mutt is easy, I just bind mail folders into keys such as F1-F7. I also use it to access my imap account. Basically it does everything I need.

My complete email solution includes mutt, ssmtp, fetchmail, procmail, crontab, spamassassin and bogofilter. Like you I receive lots of mails (and spams) daily. Every 30 minutes fetchmail is executed from cron. Feeds all the incomming mails to procmail. Procmail filters out the ones I want to specific folders. Then the rest go through Bogofilter then SA. All the junks go into a Junk folder. I rarely if ever gets any spam. The settings I have are rock solid for the past several years (technically I just start using bogofilter & spamassassin within the past 6 months when all the sudden my mailbox is filled with spams daily).

Obviously a GUI all-in-one like Tbird is much easer to setup, built in Bayesian spam filter etc . But I just prefer CLI over GUI.