| The Need For Speed |
Like most people who get a lot of email, and are compelled (by necessity or boredom) to respond to it, I'm pretty picky about my email client.
Me, I'm not a big fan of those graphically-rich clients, complete with detachable toolbars and searchable help. I'll take economy over excess any day - give me a nice, uncluttered interface, a simple man page and power to spare for those occasions when I need it, and I'm a happy guy. My dream email client is a lot like my dream car, the Ferrari F355 Spider: plain-vanilla seats, a simple dashboard and the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds.
Which is probably why I like Mutt so much. It fits the description above perfectly - it's small, fast, flexible and comes packed with enough features to make most other mail clients crumple up and cry for Mommy. It's also free, which immediately makes it a whole lot more affordable than the F355.
Now, I know there are going to be people out there who disagree with me on this. They're going to say that Mutt sucks, and that they know a dozen email clients which are better/faster/cooler. Take my advice and don't bother listening to their misinformed chatter. Instead, do what I do: drop into fifth and accelerate past them while they're still talking. Very few things are as satisfying.
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