Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sylpheed - lightweight e-mail client

If you are like me and have a pop3 or imap account or like to use the news boards, but you don't want the bloat of a huge program like Microsoft's Outlook or Mozilla's Thunderbird, then you may be interested in Sylpheed, a "lightweight and user-friendly e-mail client."

As the website states:

Sylpheed is a simple, lightweight but featureful, and easy-to-use e-mail client.

Sylpheed provides intuitive user-interface. Sylpheed is also designed for keyboard-oriented operation, so Sylpheed can be widely used from beginners to power users.

Sylpheed runs on many systems such as Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and other Unix-like systems.

Sylpheed uses GTK+ GUI toolkit. The newest version of Sylpheed works with GTK+ 2.4 or later (2.6 or later is recommended).

Sylpheed is a free software distributed under the GNU GPL (the library part is GNU LGPL). You can freely use, modify and redistribute it under the license.

Sylpheed has the following features.

* Simple, beautiful, and well-polished user interface
* Comfortable operationality which is built in detail
* Well-organized, easy-to-understand configuration
* Lightweight operation
* High reliability with one-mail-corresponding-to-one-file format
* Extensibility by plug-in faculty
* Powerful filtering and search
* Junk mail control
* Security features (GnuPG, SSL/TLSv1)
* Various protocols support
* Internationalization and Multilingualization support
* High-level Japanese processing
* Flexible cooperation with external commands

My personal reason for the use of Sylpheed is simplicity and speed.

And it works great for my google mail account, which is set up for pop3 via the settings menu.

If you would like to read more about Sylpheed or download it, the address is here:

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