This page is intended to give you a brief overview of the email clients available to you within the Ubuntu operating system, and also provide links to relevant articles and documentation relating to the applications.
Evolution is a fully-featured organizer, featuring an integrated inbox, address book, calendar and task list. Evolution is the default email client for Ubuntu, and is designed to coordinate with the GNOME desktop. Evolution also includes an Intelligent Junk Mail control, and calendar integration with the gnome-panel calendar. Additionally, Evolution can share contacts with Gaim, and supports upload to web calendars. Multiple account management, as well as GPG key and certificate storage, make Evolution an ideal mail client for all.
- UsingGmailWithEvolution - a useful guide, with screenshots, of how to configure Evolution to collect mail from your Gmail account.
- NokiaEvolutionBluetoothSyncing - synchronise your Nokia phone with the Evolution suite via Bluetooth.
- GoogleCalendarWithEvolution - how to integrate your Google Calendar into Evolution.
- Evolution website - You can find more detailed information about Evolution features and specifications here.
- Official Evolution Documentation - The official Evolution documentation for the latest and previous releases.
KMail is the email client for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It is the default email client for Kubuntu, and is a component of the Kontact personal information manager. Some of its features are:
- IMAP, POP3 and SMTP support
- secure logons with SSL, TLS or DIGEST-MD5
- signing and encrypting of emails (both PGP and GnuPG are supported)
- reading of HTML mails
- anti-spam functions
- supports all international character sets
- powerful search and filter functions
- spell checking
- imports folders from many other mail clients
- highly integrated with other components
- KMailGPGAgent - Is a guide for setting up GPG with KMail.
- KMailGroupwareIMAP - Is a guide on configuration with IMAP for some versions of KMail.
- KMail website - You can find more detailed information about KMail features and specifications here.
I installed KMail on 6.10 by installing the following package:
I then configured it for the following:
- incoming - Cached IMAP
- outgoing - unencrypted SMTP
I was able to read incoming mail, but I was unable to send mail using settings that I knew were correct. I kept receiving an "unrecognized transport" error. I then found that the following packages were "recommended" by the kmail package, so I also installed them:
I then restarted Kmail, and received some very strange IMAP errors. This was then fixed by restarting gdm using the following command:
- sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart
This commands restarts your xwindows session. If you are using Kubuntu, then you are probably using kdm instead of gdm, which means that you'll need to issue the following command:
- sudo /etc/init.d/kdm restart
After installing these additional packages, Kmail was able to work with both the IMAP and SMTP protocols.
SeaMonkey is the continuation of the Mozilla Internet Suite, which includes a web browser, a WYSIWYG HTML editor, a mail and news client, an address book, and an IRC client.
- Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) only: It is renamed "IceApe" by Debian; and is available in the universe repository. Install iceape for the full suite or iceape-mailnews for just the mail and news client.
- Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) and later: It is named "SeaMonkey" again; and is available in the universe repository. Install seamonkey for the full suite or seamonkey-mailnews for just the mail and news client.
Thunderbird is a Mozilla project that follows in the same vein as the Firefox web browser. It is designed with speed, security and ease of use in mind, and is also a useful stand-alone email client. Unlike Evolution, however, it does not provide PIM (Personal Information Management) features such as calendar, integrated address book or a tasks list. Simply as an email client, it is extremely functional - spam and anti-phishing protection make this a solid application. It is also highly customizable, with extensions and themes to suit your tastes or Desktop style. Throw RSS capabilities into the mix, and this makes for a well-rounded application that fits a variety of purposes.
- Mutt - Powerful text-based email client
- Alpine - Successor of PINE; in the universe repository