Sharing my mail with my laptop

Chris Kottaridis chriskot at
Fri May 23 15:56:32 UTC 2008

OK, for years I have always worked from a desktop, but now I have a
laptop in the house as well. Both are running Fedora 8. I'd like to be
able to look at my mail folders from either host, both new incoming mail
and previously read mail. My understanding is that with imap I can do

I have always had things setup so that my desktop pops down email from
my local mail server and I let evolution do that and manage the local
folders. But, now I want my laptop to be able to access my email also
and I don't want to end up with some email on the laptop and some on the
desktop so I want to move away from a pop setup. My understanding is
that imap will allow two different hosts to access a common set of
folders so I assume I want to move away from pop to an imap setup.

Currently, my mail server is a FreeBSD machine running an old release
5.3. It's running sendmail and dropping new email into /var/mail/chrisk
folder. My desktop and laptop are Fedora core 8. For the desktop I use
evolution to pop down the email and sort it into various folders.

There is a imap daemon on the FreeBSD machine that I seem to be able to
connect to, but when I tell evolution, on either my desktop or my
laptop, to treat the FreeBSD as an imap server I don't seem to get any
new mail transferred. I am wondering if there is more setup required on
the mail server to get imap running so that I can manage folders on the
server from either my desktop or my laptop.

I seem to be missing something on how to set things up so I can peruse
my email, and control various folders, from either my desktop or my
laptop. Any pointers on how I get started would be great. I am more then
happy to make my desktop my mail server, since the FreeBSD server is
getting a bit old and I'd like to upgrade it anyway so it's not a
problem for me to just move the mail service to my desktop if that makes
things easier. I don't care so much if my existing email folders are not
accessible by my laptop I just want to start making new messages
available to both from here forward.

Any pointers to how I get imap setup so I can access my folders from
two, or more, different machines ?

    Chris Kottaridis    (chriskot at

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