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Re: Emacs for mail: VM - WL - GNUS

From: Uday Reddy
Subject: Re: Emacs for mail: VM - WL - GNUS
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:11:11 +0000
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On 2/23/2011 9:20 AM, James Freer wrote:

Many thanks for the suggestion. I have to say that i don't find emacs
particularly user friendly... i get the impression that it's intended
to be like that - even after one's gone and bought the book. I did
look into offlineimap but again i haven't found it easy to follow.

Oh, sorry, I didn't realize that you were an Emacs newbie. Then the first thing to do would be to get comfortable with using Emacs. You need to give it some time, perhaps a month, reading the manual and trying things out. You will definitely need to put in more effort than for the "user friendly" tools you allude to. But, hopefully, in the end, you would have mastered a tool that can make you much more productive in your daily tasks.

VM was designed for people that already use Emacs. That said, we do seem to have some users that have picked up VM without being habitual Emacs users. They probably came in during the 80's and 90's when there weren't any easier tools like Thunderbird. And, they probably also got a lot of help from the newsgroup to get things set up.

If you are still trying to decide between VM-WL-GNUS, then my opinion is that VM fits somewhere in the middle between WL and GNUS. Its advantage is that it inter-operates with Thunderbird, as Alan mentioned already. So, you can switch back and forth between VM and Thunderbird. It is also possibly more "powerful" than WL while being easier than GNUS.


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