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Re: rawhide report: 20040715 changes

Pawel Salek wrote:

On 07/16/2004 05:02:54 PM, Felipe Alfaro Solana wrote:

On Fri, 2004-07-16 at 09:22 -0500, W. Michael Petullo wrote:

> I think balsa is a nice, simple MUA and I generally recommend it  for
> that I install Linux for.  I'm not a fan of the current
> approach.  Having said that, balsa is a great candidate for Fedora
>  If people want to reduce the size of Fedora Core (this opinion
seems to
> be pretty much unanimous) then we need to start making compromises
> this.

The problem with most MUAs, is that they don't support advanced features, like SASL authentication (CRAM-MD5, Kerberos, X.509, etc) or disconnected (offline) operation when using IMAP. That's one of the reasons I keep using Evolution, since I *need* Kerberos authentication support to access my IMAP mailbox. AFAIK, only Pine does also support Kerberos authentication via SASL.

balsa-2.2.x does support Kerberos authentication (AUTH=GSSAPI). It supports AUTH=CRAM-MD5 as well. It is a lightweight client and the offline operation is not there but it can well open mailboxes containing 10000+ messages over a dialup link (the slow part is GtkTreeView, it has problems rendering that many rows). Try that with other heavy weight MUAs without having a cache preloaded.


I tried out Balsa for a short time and thought that is was a decent program. I did notice that the size that you made certain items. (subject, date, sender, etc:) were defaulted to the original size (not the sizes that I preferred) on restarting application. Another thing that was a distraction was the deleted items still showing , even after messages were deleted. I viewed it as a mini-evolution mailer. A mailer that is worthy of inclusion, but not as a substitute for another program just yet.


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