Outlook Express used to be ok if you had the OE patch fix for top-posting, bottom-feeding or whatever they called it, but it seems to have gone the way of much half-decent software. I could editorialize on that, but I'll resist. Using SeaMonkey now, but I'd like something better. Is there something better that will run on Win 7?
Agent is o.k. for news but lacks even IMAP support for mail.
Maybe Agent 7 does better, but Agent 6 has still a message hashing problem - with lots of messages in a folder it can happen you get threads mixed. And Agent 6 doesn't recognize quote characters preceded by whitespace, so this:
I recommend to look also at 40tude although it's no more actively supported.
I use Thunderbird under Windows 7 and also under Vista.
What sort of crossposts do you want to filter out? If it's crossposts to a specific newsgroup, I've been doing that for months. I don't remember the details, which are poorly documented. However, if you add news.mozilla.or g to the list of news servers you connect to, then subscribe to newsgroup m ozilla.support.thunderbird, you should be able to reach people who know the details better than I do.
If it's crossposts to any other newsgroup, I've forgotten if entering a com ma instead of a specific newsgroup name works with this method.
specific newsgroup, I've been doing that for months. I don't remember the details, which are poorly documented. However, if you add news.mozilla.org to the list of news servers you connect to, then subscribe to newsgroup mozilla.support.thunderbird, you should be able to reach people who know the details better than I do.
instead of a specific newsgroup name works with this method.
Thanks for the reply Robert.
Noob replied up above with what I needed to know. I frequent some metalworking NG's which are usually filled with crossposted political drivel. Knocking out crossposts has worked wonders.
I use the old and venerable alpine ... a text based mail tool based on Pine (Pine is not ELM), and I've used it for many years. This allows me to ssh onto my server from anywhere and use a text based tool to read news, email etc.
While it doesn't natively show images, it does have an image viewer I can use over X windows ... and has threaded news reading capabilities ...
You might think so, but no, not really. Maybe the most noticeable is that it opens into a browser. To get to news you have to select it from the Window menu. Fussy, aren't I? Maybe there's a shortcut for this? Honestly, I don't really know what I don't like. I used OE for so long I was really used to it. This is just... different. I have no interest in a command line version and it sounds like Thunderbird is similar. I guess I was hoping for the "Well all the cool guys use X. Everything else is a joke." Doesn't seem to be the case.
Mine always comes up with mail/news - and if I want to use the browser, I press Ctl-1. You can also open both windows on startup. Or use Ctl-2 to open the mail/news window, of course - faster than using the mouse.
Taste is different. Choose the one you like (as long as it conforms to the standards). There are several useful news clients.
BTW, you should update to the current release (2.17).