KMail Review: A Complimentary Email Program

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While KMail is somewhat feature-heavy, it provides an abundance of control for the email superuser. KMail is the KDE Desktop Environment’s email client. It is a solid email client for Linux that is reasonably easy to use, powerful, and versatile.

  • KMail: The Fundamentals
  • A little more information about KMail
  • Using KMail to Create Emails

KMail: The Fundamentals

As is the case with the rest of KDE, KMail combines robust features, useful tools, and an intuitive interface. It supports multiple POP and IMAP accounts, as well as mailboxes in mbox and maildir formats. Additionally, it enables the use of multiple identities when sending emails.

KMail includes robust and flexible internal mail filters, as well as server-side support for procmail filtering and Sieve scripts. The email component has the ability to filter mail on the server, preventing users from downloading large attachments or spam. You can search for messages using virtual folders that are created automatically when certain criteria are met. These criteria do not include message tags, which you can create and apply to individual messages or conversations at your discretion.

The majority of users appreciate KMail’s quick and powerful search feature. With the addition of expressions and virtual folders, email management has never been easier. Additionally, IMAP accounts allow for folder searches in addition to local searches.

KMail not only displays HTML emails, but also converts them to safe and simple text. The rendering is clean and secure. Additionally, it highlights quoted text and organizes messages by thread. Unwanted email can be bounced back to the sender, creating the appearance of a dead email address. Additionally, the calendar integration enables you to easily create to-do items such as reminders.

A little more information about KMail:

  • OpenPGP/GnuPG cryptography and TLS/SSL connections are supported. Supports external S/MIME plug-ins.
  • Automated archiving backs up entire folders to a compressed archiving file on a scheduled basis.
  • Imports email and address book data from a variety of email programs.
  • Compatibility with Linux, BSD, and Unix. It is dependent on KDE.

Using KMail to Create Emails

The message editor supports HTML formatting in addition to providing powerful plain text editing capabilities. You can customize the templates used to generate new messages and replies, as well as create additional quick response templates. You can use this configuration to alter how the first email in a thread is copied, for example.

Additionally, KMail enables you to create text shortcuts that automatically expand to longer, frequently used phrases. If you include images in emails, KMail can resize them to be compatible with the majority of email services and programs. If this is insufficient, messages can be edited using an external editor (such as vim or Emacs).

In conclusion, KMail is a worthy rival to Mozilla Thunderbird and web-based interfaces such as Gmail.

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