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29 Nov 2007

Mulberry Email

In my quest for the perfect email client I gave the now open-source Mulberry Mail application a go last night. It's supposed to be very fast, flexible and secure.

As there is only a 32-bit binary available I thought I'd try to build it myself for my 64-vit system, so I pulled down all the bits and tried to build it. After an hour of messing I gave up. I then tried the binary on a 32-bit system running in a VBox virtual system.

After a bit of fiddling to get the requirements in place and configure it, I had it running in a few minutes. It is amazingly quick, even from within a VM, it was faster than KMail running on my main system at accessing my email via IMAP. By comparison Eudora running via WINE is almost glacial at accessing IMAP email. However, it's possibly the most ugly and over complicated email program I've ever used, I think I prefer console applications like mutt to Mulberry.

It's nice that it's now open source and it would be really good if it got better and was able to offer competition to the other email clients. Or as it's now open source, perhaps it's IMAP engine could be ported to other clients instead.

My quest for the perfect email client continues and KMail remains my current favourite, despite it's foibles.