Live CD Request for Enhancement: Smarter Mail Client

Kevin Fenzi kevin at
Tue Nov 25 15:48:16 UTC 2014

On Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:59:03 +0100
Raphael Groner <projects.rg at> wrote:

> My suggestion is to replace claws-mail with a smarter mail client:
> either Balsa or Geary 
> First benefit is to save same space in the image. Second, Geary and
> Balsa are both based at gtk3 which should be the better hope instead
> of enforcing gtk2.
> % LC_ALL=C yum info geary |grep Size
> Size        : 4.8 M
> % LC_ALL=C yum info balsa |grep Size
> Size        : 7.3 M
> % LC_ALL=C yum info claws-mail |grep Size
> Size        : 17 M
> I assume it's not needed to ship all those great plugins for
> claws-mail, and both geary as well balsa have great configuration
> wizards open at the first start. Settings can be considered to be
> vanishable in the sense of a live image, don't they?
> Balsa is themable via gtk3 while Geary has a more modern design. 
> Both packages seem to be actively maintained. No idea about upstreams.
> All in all, a live user should not be expected to see as many feature
> as possible with an image that has a feature to limit in size.
> What do you think?

I'm probibly a bit biased, being a claws-mail user, but both balsa and
geary seem a bit... primitive to me. 

I guess I could come up with a list of things they seem to be lacking,
but not sure how useful that would be. 

IMHO, claws-mail is still the one to stick with for now. 

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