RE: MUAs that compare with Outlook (your chance to show how much better Linux is than MS!!)
I'm wedded to the way Outlook displays information. With one look at
the main Outlook screen, I can tell how many unread messages I have in
each account, the content of the first unread message in my primary
account (via the preview pane) as well as whether any of these messages
have attachments, are important, etc.
This allows me to leave Outlook running in the background and keep an
eye on it throughout the day. If a program requires me to switch around
between multiple screens to get the same sort of presentation, then it's
lost it's value to me since I now have to bring the program to the
front, cycle through all the windows and determine if anything important
has come in.
Other than that, I'll gladly learn a new interface -- it just has to
give me the same sort of peripheral-glance synopsis of the information
that I get with outlook. I won't learn an entirely new
programming/scripting/macro language just to set up my email program,
however. That's a barrier to entry, so to speak, and one that I'm not
willing to cross.
I'm a pragmatic sort of guy -- I'll use Linux, Microsoft, Macintosh --
whatever is the best tool for the job is. So far, the best tool is
Outlook for my needs, but I'm hoping that y'all can show me something
From: Charles Sebold [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 10:15 AM
To: Kurt Lieber
Subject: Re: MUAs that compare with Outlook (your chance to show how
much better Linux is than MS!!)
On 21 Tammuz 5761, Kurt Lieber wrote:
> So, here's a list of my requirements and I'm hoping you guys can point
> me to an MUA that meets them. If so, I'll gladly switch over to Linux
> full-time and forswear Microsoft forever. :)
Except for calendaring - Emacs + Gnus + BBDB + gnus-pers.el to enable
one to switch "accounts" easily while composing posts/emails. Emacs has
calendaring but currently can't share meeting info, etc. like Outlook
But you seem very wedded to the _way_ Outlook does things; I can almost
guarantee that the fact that Gnus can do all this, doesn't mean that
you'll like it. Extensive customization is possible and easy but one
must learn a little Lisp to do it.
Perhaps Emacs + VM + BBDB would do what you want more precisely; not
sure, haven't tried it in a while.
If you don't like Emacs then somebody else will have to try to help you.
Just a suggestion.
Charles Sebold 21st of Tammuz, 5761
Overheard at Taco Bell, 29 October 1999:
"The all-seeing eye of Horus doesn't have an eyebrow."