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Re: [Nmh-workers] Understanding nmh (aka. What's the goal)

From: Lyndon Nerenberg
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Understanding nmh (aka. What's the goal)
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 21:14:07 -0800
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On 10-12-01 8:21 PM, Ken Hornstein wrote:
I agree that was true maybe 20-30 years ago, but I am wondering:
What does Marshall Rose or John Romine use as an email client today?
Maybe they still use mh or nmh, but it sure wouldn't surprise me
if they don't (if we've lost Jerry Peek, then the game really IS
over).  Hell, I met Brent Welch, the author of exmh, a few months
ago at a conference; he told me that while he still wants to support
exmh, most of the time his email client is PC-based.  And if your
email provider goes to an IMAP solution, you'll get to a point where
nmh simply won't work for you anymore unless you're really hardcore
and willing to cook up a bunch of crazy solutions ... and those
people are becoming rarer and rarer.

I would be surprised (stunned, really) if anyone was still using MH *exclusively* as their MUA. I haven't done so for years. Today I have a regular rotation of about six MUAs I use on a near-daily basis, and I usually have three of them running concurrently. There's no one MUA in existence that can (or could) handle all the varying types of media that get thrown around now. And even of the ones that do handle, say, ical objects, which of the three I choose to use for a particular message depends on its context (work v. personal v. hobby stuff). In that spectrum, MH is just one of the tools I use to plow through the deluge of mail I receive every day. I use it for the tasks it's good at, and I don't pretend it's the solution for dealing with highly complex interactive media messages, for which there are more suitable tools.

Now I agree completely that MH really needs to do a better job with MIME. But the solution is not to turn it into a python-based rewrite of Evolution.


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