Thunderbird vs Kmail

My first mail client was the old Netscape 4.x mail client. I used that for many years and was very happy with it.
I played around with Balsa, Evolution and other clients but I wasn’t happy with any of them.
Then I tried Kmail, the KDE mail client and I was blown away. It’s been my mail client of choice for the last year and a bit.
Out of curiosity I tried Thunderbird, the new Mozilla based mail client. It’s nice, it’s almost there for me except for:

  1. When I click on a folder I want the newest message to be displayed. There is an option to “Remember last message seen” but it doesn’t seem to work as advertised all the time.
  2. I like to delete messages by hitting “d”. My mouse is in my right hand and I don’t want to move it back to the keyboard to hit “Delete”.
  3. When I’m reading a message I want to press cursor-down to scroll through the message. Pressing that key in Thunderbird goes on to the next message, the next folder, or it can scroll the message, depending on which pane of the window is selected. I should probably hit “n” to go on to the next unread message.

Thunderbird is good, it’s getting much better fast, but it’s got a bit to go yet.

Author: Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Google+ and Twitter.

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