Looking for a Gmail desktop client? Try Sylpheed!
Sylpheed has just got a newer version (3.4.2) today and we thought it’s a good time to write about this email client. Sylpheed is a multiplatform light and powerful email client with much lesser bells and whistles than thunderbird or evolution. However, it integrates on any platform seamlessly and does one job well: being a reliable desktop email client. You can easily setup Sylpheed to work as your Gmail client (or any modern email service that supports POP3 or IMAP protocols).
- Simple and beautiful with a clean interface.
- Supports POP3, IMAP4rev1 and SMTP, but also NNTP (NetNews). IPv6 by default.
- Quick launch integration and desktop notifications on new email.
- Lots of configuration options which are also easy to understand.
- Implemented in C and delivers good performance. Can read a folder with 20/30K messages without much stress.
- Powerful search and filtering.
- Learning-type junk email control feature which utilizes external commands. Automatically filter junk emails without setting filter rules by hand.
- Optionally supports the signing and encryption of messages by GnuPG, and the encrypted communication of POP3/IMAP4/NNTP over SSL/TLSv1.
- Supports plain-text attachments instead of base64.
- Call external commands and cooperate with them in various circumstances.
- Multiplatform. Works on Linux, Windows and OSX.
- Open source and free.
To install Sylpheed on Ubuntu, run:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:klaus-vormweg/sylpheed $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install sylpheed
Sylpheed has a capable fork too – Claws Mail, which you can try out for variety.