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Old 04-24-2003, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
Need a (free, non web based) email client - suggestions?

Just started a new job , and seeming as my choices of mail clients are Outlook or Eudora I figured I'd pick something that DOESN'T crash every other time and turn your computer into a gaping security hole. I need a free mail client, non web based that supports all the standard protocols (POP3, IMAP4, and ability to access webmail like Hotmail or Yahoo would be nice but not necessary). Small, stable, and not a resource hog are what's most important though.

Anyone got one they want to recommend? (system is WindowsXP)
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Old 04-24-2003, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mozilla (full version, not Phoenix/Firebird) and Opera both have mail clients build into them. THey are pretty good in my experience though I prefer Eudora. I have not had a problem with that crashing and it isn't the security threat the Outlook is. Neither are the Mozilla or Opera clients.
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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PocoMail is good.

I had been using Outlook Express forever, but recently switched over, and am glad I did.
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Old 04-24-2003, 02:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
I like Eudora. Outlook has more vulnerabilities and exploits.
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Old 04-24-2003, 02:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I downloaded Eudora but I haven't used it yet. All the tech sites recommend it.
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Old 04-24-2003, 02:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i'd go w/ outlook express
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Old 04-24-2003, 04:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
Re: Need a (free, non web based) email client - suggestions?

Originally posted by Rinndalir
..... Outlook or Eudora I figured I'd pick something that DOESN'T crash every other time and turn your computer into a gaping security hole.
I've been using Eudora exclusively since '95. I actually use the old 16-bit Eudora light at work for business (still running on an old Win 3.1 machine).... but at HOME, I use ithe 32-bit version quite 'severly': mutiple accounts, personalities with all kinds of configuration oddities. I find it to be robust & stable - and it gives you much more control than the MS product.

Furthermore, I run it continuously for weeks at a time. If you are having crash problems and are running Eudora, look elsewhere in you system.

As for security holes, Eudora can be configured to NOT use the Microsoft dlls for HTML rendering.....which will save you from virii and MS-Specific bug exploits.

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Old 04-24-2003, 05:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I haven't had any issues with recent versions of Eudora, but there's also Pegasus. It's been around forever.


No client can do HTTP mail by default, as far as I know, save for OE's Hotmail support. However, YahooPOPs works with many clients.

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Old 04-24-2003, 05:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No client can do HTTP mail by default, as far as I know, save for OE's Hotmail support. However, YahooPOPs works with many clients.
I expect that some could if they wanted to. I submit as proof: MailWasher (http://www.firetrust.com/products/mailwasherpro/). It can access hotmail easily. (I use it on 2 hotmail accounts I keep to use when I expect spam will result).

While it's not a full-fledged email client, it downloads hotmail and pop accounts equally as well. I actually use it to download and view my hotmail without having to go thru the more elaborate hotmail logins.
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Old 04-24-2003, 08:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Old 04-25-2003, 05:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 04-25-2003, 06:07 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 05-05-2003, 10:40 AM   #13 (permalink)
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You can go with a console app like PC-PINE. It's text-based, supports POP3, IMAP4, etc. Fits on a diskette, take it anywhere.

No HTML display but you wanted secure, right?

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Old 05-05-2003, 10:48 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 05-08-2003, 05:39 PM   #15 (permalink)
I would recommend <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/projects/thunderbird/">Thunderbird</a>. It is still in its alpha stages, but it is base off the mozilla mail code (they did, however, recently move to their own trunk). Phoenix (now called Firebird Browser) and Thunderbird (the email client) are where mozilla is heading. They are both nice and you can have them seperatly. The biggest advatage is that they load quickly. I used mozilla mail for a while, but it took to long to load. I have been using it since the very first release and have had no problem. Alpha builds may be a little scary though for a business environment. If you don't need HTML support for your email, try <a href="http://pages.infinit.net/kaufman/Index.htm">
Kaufman Mail Warrior</a>. I used it for a long time and really liked it. The only bad thing is that it doesn't support HTML email (which is good in a way because it also helps stop viruses).

Hope this helps.
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Old 05-09-2003, 07:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
i use ximian on my linux box. but check out sourceforge.net as others suggested, i'm sure you can find something you like there.
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Old 05-10-2003, 11:55 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Mozilla here....
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Old 05-11-2003, 05:40 PM   #18 (permalink)
I use Pegasus Mail and no complaints so far.
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