The Graphical Mail Clients

For Linux users, the choice of mail client usually boils down to the desktop product they use. KDE comes with the kmail client, whereas Gnome comes with the Evolution mail client. Both are quite different beasts.

kmail kmail is a very nice, well-rounded mail client that can connect to POP, IMAP, and also local mail spools to read your mail. You can set up mail rules to send mail to specific folders based on certain parameters and can also connect to mail servers over SSL.


Evolution is more of an "Outlook for Linux'' application because it incorporates, under one roof, mail, calendaring, address book, and tasks. In comparison, kmail uses separate applications for this functionality. Evolution, however, has them built in.


Thunderbird is another very popular graphical mail client that is developed by the Mozilla Foundation (the same nice people who bring you Firefox).

All the previously mentioned mail clients and more are included in the openSUSE distribution.

Mail on Linux is a funny thing. There are many ways to provide mail services on any Unix system in general, from using sendmail or Postfix as an MTA to Qpopper or Cyrus as an MDA, all the way to choosing from among numerous MUAs for reading your mail. At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide how to configure mail on your system. We've given you enough information to proceed, and you will quickly find the variety of choices will enable you to implement a solution that meets your needs.

The Evolution Connector allows you to connect your Evolution client to a Microsoft Exchange 2000/2003 server and access your calendars and so on.

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