LXDE doesn't install by default an email client. One option might be installing Thunderbird since:

  • large user base
  • one of the oldest
  • well-supported
  • installed by default on Ubuntu

However, after using Thunderbird for a while, you might realize the following disadvantages:

  • considerable resource footprint
  • uncomfortable GUI interface
  • annoying menus overlapping on top of each other
  • unpleasant to format messages
  • tough to manually append signatures
  • no plaintext/HTML switch

Is there a simpler email client with the specifications below?

  • simple, lightweight and easy to use
  • GUI
  • well-supported and tested
  • multiple accounts
  • folder storage with simple search
  • (un)read highlight
  • signatures with embedded image and easy to manually append
  • plaintext/HTML easy switch
  • to/cc/bcc with multiple entries
  • rules
  • import standard email formats from multiple directories and subdirectories
  • export to standard email formats

Note: additional features like chat, news client, RSS, personal information manager, big file linking, etc, are dispensable


Consolidated information so far:

| Email Client | Additional Disk Space* |         Limitations         |
| Kmail        |     210Mb              |                             |
| Evolution    |     130Mb              |                             |
| Thunderbird  |     115Mb              | annoying GUI interface      |
| Geary        |     60Mb               | no POP3/SMTP                |
| Claws        |     15Mb               | no write and send HTML mail |
| Alpine       |     10Mb               | text-based user interface   |
| Mutt         |     10Mb               | text-based user interface   |
| Mailspring   |     ?                  | closed source               |

(*) based on apt install info

  • Let me know how to migrate the original post from Unix & Linux to Software Recommendations. – Mark Messa Aug 10 '18 at 21:14
  • Same thing for your migration here: either flag a question to be migrated (i.e. asking the mods to do that), or repost it (after it's closed on the other site). Both together make duplicates which then are closed again, nothing gained. – Izzy Aug 10 '18 at 21:42
  • @Izzy "either flag a question to be migrated (i.e. asking the mods to do that)" Should I flag the questions at Unix & Linux? – Mark Messa Aug 10 '18 at 22:18
  • Not if you already posted the same question on another site. But next time consider this option instead of reposting (sure, better post them on the correct site to begin with and that question wouldn't arise at all :D) – Izzy Aug 11 '18 at 6:06
  • Have you ever looked at Seamonkey's mail client? I think it meets all (almost? "rules"?) your criteria, and the whole suite is a 48Mb download (100Mb on disk, though). "Out of the box" it launches to the (mozilla-based) browser, but you can set it to launch to the mail client under Preferences... > Appearance, "When Seamonkey starts up, open", the check "Mail & Newsgroups" option. Here's a decent screenshot from 2016. – Dɑvïd Sep 28 '18 at 18:02

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