Personally I like having a mail client; I’ve grown up with an extremely low remote-band dial-up modem connection (RJ-11 cable, 32 kb/s) and going on a browser was simply something i couldn’t afford (5 min to open Wikipedia). Living in country side, I first had ADSL when I was around 17, and benefited from Optical fiber when moved to Rome for University. Moreover, I like having everything organized the way I want, and manage multiple accounts with the same application, as well as receiving immediately notifications for the mailing-lists i’m subscribed to, and gather them into a separate folder.
Throughout years I used GUI, CLI clients, public and self-hosted Mail servers at the same time
For GUI, I mainly rely on Sylpheed (though its a pain to send mails correctly with it over ESMTP, 587 and prevent them to be blocked by the recipient’s spam filter; any advise much appreciated), and Geary too (how come it has 0 votes? It’s lightweight, free, clear, yet modern, full-featured and correctly displays HTML)
For a CLI client, I prefer Alpine or Cone over Mutt, though I use mutt too, while for sending e-mails from command-line, my favorite utility is MSMTP.
Regarding the self-hosted server, using Postfix+Dovecot is the only good solution I’ve seen so far, but I’d like to experiment something new, if anyone pointed me an alternative. SquirreMail is a good free web mail provider to use with your self-hosted server. However, I find i even better to quickly ftp to my
/var/spool/mail from wherever i am, or mirror INBOX to a could share service provider. I usually give my self-hosted address to friends, trusted people, and I’ve hosted a address for some of them too. Probably I’ll set this up to on Void-musl, so be ready to see me begging help on a forum thread:sunglasses:.
I even use a mail client on DOS, aside from mutt (which was ported a while ago) 2 good GUI alternative are available for those interested:
Obviously I have a mail client on mobile phone too, and i couldn’t help choosing a beautiful Open Source alternative, K9-Material