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Re: default mail client



On Thu, 2008-02-21 at 11:48 +1000, Jens Petersen wrote:
> I am writing this mail as a long time Fedora user, not so much as a 
> Fedora developer, so feel free to flame away, etc: though I am not 
> really trying to start painful flame-war here...
> 
> For a long time (actually as long as I can remember;) I wondered why 
> Evolution was our default Mail application (MUA).  I was a long time 
> user of Emacs MUAs, so I feel my background is fairly neutral - but I 
> have never been able to use Evolution for long.  These days I use 
> Thunderbird since alas I gradually found Emacs too slow for imap.  I am 
> not married to Thunderbird but it mostly does what I want it and it is 
> pretty stable at least

Anecdotal evidence... here is some anecdotal counter-evicence: I've used
Emacs MUAs in the past too, but have been using Evolution without any
big issues for many years now. And in my experience, people who tend to
have a problem with their mail client switch from evo to thunderbird and
back in quick succession, because the alternative is even worse...

> So what are the arguments for keeping Evolution as the default Mail 
> application in Fedora?  This question seems particularly relevant now 
> with things like the Lightning calendar extension and the launch of 
> Mozilla Messaging.  Evolution is different enough from regular GNOME 
> applications to be basically a different platform, and from the 
> development point of view it is expensive to have another platform to 
> maintain.

I don't get this argument at all. How is Evolution being a different
platform a problem, but Thunderbird being even more different is not ?

Also, a backing organization is not necessarily a guarantee for a
successful mail client. Otherwise, we would all be using chandler by
now...


Matthias 


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