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> On Tuesday 20 Mar 2012 09:15:00 Thomas Koch wrote:
>> for my new Laptop I installed Icedove (Thunderbird) 8 instead of
>> KMail. I wanted to try sth else after 4+ actually satisfactory
>> years with KMail.
>> So maybe you like some experiences?
> Thanks, these are valuable.
>> - Thunderbird only downloads messages when I enter the folder.
>> The "Get Mail" method seems to work only on the INBOX folder. A
>> method to synchronize all folders is well hidden in the "offline"
>> menu item.
This may be a version difference. I used to find that really annoying
but recently I see all my folders being updated if I click "Get all
messages" - and I see folders being updated while I read. I'm using
Thunderbird 10 from Fedora.
> Do you find this to be a positive or negative difference? I keep
> thinking a 'deferred folder sync' for online imap policy would be
> useful for large accounts.
IMAP never had a problem with this before KMail 2, and Thunderbird
doesn't now. This is one of the biggest problems with the current KMail.
>> - The folder list only shows number of unread messages in a
>> folder, but not total number.
IIRC I installed the "Additional columns" plugin to get that - my
display of unread and total messages is the same as I had it in KMail.
> KMail's UI could be improved here too. If the columns for
> unread/total/size are enabled, it's very hard to read the whole
> folder name, especially if the folder tree is nested.
I always use the "unread in bold, bracketted, after the folder name"
and find that uses space much more efficiently, both in TB and KMail.
>> Well. After all, I might remain with KMail in the end.
>> Thunderbird might be nice for a casual email user but not if
>> email is half your (professional) life.
It took a while to get TB customized to my liking, but I can work
happily with it all day now. You'll notice, though, that my "fixes"
are to make it work the way KMail did :-) so hopefully I'll be back
once the remaining problems are ironed out.