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Re: [SuSE Linux] News & e-mail reader
- From: mperry@xxxxxxxxx (Michael Perry)
- Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 15:40:06 -0800
- Message-id: <19981125154006.B6631@xxxxxxxxx>
On %M 0, Chris Keenan <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> mumbled:
> As others have said, one of the major applications I would miss by
> moving to Linux totally would be Agent. A couple of questions:
> Why is this about the only combined news & e-mail reader? I don't want
> to have separate packages for these functions, and as they are
> basically the same type of task, what's the big deal? I want to be
> able to respond directly to newsgroup articles, or to respond to their
> authors by e-mail. Agent allows me to do this from one screen.
> Secondly, as I understand it, development on Agent has stopped. Is
> there any chance someone might take it off Forte's hands, and do a
> Linux version?
> I'd be interested to hear the thoughts of others.
> Chris Keenan
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I can grok your concerns about combination devices. I was never a combo
device person; I liked gravity much more than agent because I felt that
gravity represented more power based on its rules interface. I will say
that I enjoy the linux alternatives and the two being separate. As an
example, I use tkrat or mutt for email and slrn for news. mutt and slrn
are rather compatible or like looking in some regards so its easy to get
used to their operation. slrn on its own has some real power under the
hood and I have never really scratched the edge of what score files can
do. mutt is a fun mailer. I like the developers attitude that "all
mailers suck; but this one sucks less". tkrat offers some really nice
functionality and the interface to me is quite nice. Another one I am
tempted to use is xfmail because it has a polished look and feel. I know
that pine does both email and news.
There actually is or was something called xagent out there. I would not
know about Forte handing it over. I like finding new mail clients and
trying them out; but I always stick with slrn.
So I guess I agree and disagree with you about combination software. I
think it makes life easier to have one interface; but I like the separate
interfaces and how they act and look. In the NT world, I use gravity all
Agent, by the way, can be run under linux. All one would need is wabi or
perhaps wine. I know that wabi works. I do not know about wine. Wabi is
a commercial product which emulates a windows 3.1 environment in linux.
I think there is news about wabi on www.suse.com. As far as I know wabi
development has ceased.
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