Thunderbird – A complete email client (2 & Nightly builds)

After we talked about Sylpheed which is a very light email client… It’s time to pass to another one… which has surely more features… but it consumes almost 40 mb in ram…


That’s Thunderbird! (From Mozilla Labs… So we can use add-ons with it to extend its functionalities)


Here’s a Screenshot (1/03/2008 nightly build):


ArchLinux Installation:

1. Pacman

sudo pacman -Sy thunderbird

2. Using Nigthly builds

  • Like Firefox we could have nightly build directly from here
  • extract it to a folder
  • cd to the folder
  • click on “thunderbird” executable

I’ve chosen IMAP protocol… why?

Because i don’t want to download all emails as the pop does… but i want to get more integrated with the email itself.

What’s the difference between IMAP and POP?

Unlike POP, IMAP offers two-way communication between your web Gmail and your email client(s). This means when you log in to Gmail using a web browser, actions you perform on email clients and mobile devices (ex: putting mail in a ‘work’ folder) will instantly and automatically appear in Gmail (ex: it will already have a ‘work’ label on that email).

In addition, IMAP provides a better method to access your mail from multiple devices. If you check your email at work, on your mobile phone, and again at home, IMAP ensures that new mail is accessible from any device at any given time.

Finally, IMAP offers a more stable experience overall. Whereas POP is prone to losing messages or downloading the same messages multiple times, IMAP avoids this through its two-way syncing capabilities between your mail clients and your web Gmail.

If you’re trying to decide between using POP and using IMAP with your Gmail account, we recommend IMAP. “

Google Gmail

Then I repost this image which helps to get your thunderbird working with gmail settings:

gmail instruction
PS. Forget about add-ons compatibility with nightly builds
If you have any information or request… just comment it! :)

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