Three Monkeys, Three Typewriters, Two Days

February 3, 2008

Looking for a mail client

I'm looking for a mail client that:

  • Supports IMAP over SSL/TLS.
  • Supports NNTP.
  • Has reasonable handling for internationalized text (UTF-8, KOI8-R, and Windows-1251 to be exact).
  • Has built-in Bayesian filtering for mail.
  • Can be optimized for a reasonable-bandwidth, high-latency scenario (eagerly downloading e-mails to a local cache even for IMAP accounts).
  • Doesn't have a super-slow-and-laggy UI.
  • Integrates well with the operating system.
  • Has a decent addressbook setup (ideally with auto-collection).
  • Ideally has a spellchecker.
  • Ideally is available on both Linux and OSX (though if this can't be done, so be it; I can deal with different clients on the two operating systems).

Thunderbird or Seamonkey with the Sync-On-Arrival extension almost cover this list, except for that "super-slow-and-laggy UI" bit. I'm tired of twiddling thumbs while I wait for the view to update to show my next mail. There's got to be something better out there. Any ideas?

Posted by bzbarsky at 10:42 PM