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asked 2013-11-18 13:20:21 -0500

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I am looking for a good application that offers: (a) mail services. I need to work with several mail accounts, that is several IMAP and SMTP servers. I need a spam filter on my machine (cause one of the servers does not have one) and I need to be able to automatically sort mail into different folders. (b) a calendar. It should integrate with the Gnome 3 shell. It would be nice to sync my android phone, but that is not a must-have. (c) an address book. It should be integrated into the mail client. It would be nice to sync my android phone, but that is not a must-have. (d) I don't want google or any other company to have all my data. So gmail, google calendar e.g. is not an option.

I worked with Thunderbird in the past. Right now I have evolution.

For Thunderbird, the calendar feature is missing. As far as I know, Lightning does not integrate with gnome.

Evolution is just buggy like hell. The spam filter does not work, even after approximately 200 spam mails of training data, evolution keeps crashing, it is slow. It will refuse to connect to one of the servers regularly. Today I had to reconfigure all my filters, because evolution forgot about them. It just forgot about the re-configured filters while I was typing this.

Are there any suggestions for a reliable tool that offers calendar, address book and mail? I am okay with different applications, if the address book integrates with the mail client nicely.

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It's almost always better to use server side filtering. I use evolution for my Fedora mails.I'm subscribed to over 40 mailing lists but since my filters are set up server side, evolution works really well for me. If you're running into crashes, I recommend posting bugs. The Fedora maintainers are awesome people and are incredibly responsive. Most of the bugs I post nowadays are sent upstream and consequently fixed.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-11-21 11:46:50 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-11-19 04:17:16 -0500

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This all depends on the way you want to go with your solution. There's a good analysis of calendar apps on lifehacker. They recommend Google apps, but there is also a look across others that are available.

Personally I use Thunderbird+Lightning as a local client, but then I also host my own webmail, and find it preferable (it loads a lot quicker but does require you to have a web server somewhere). I've used both Squirrelmail and Roundcube - Roundcube is nicer to use, but Squirrelmail has a good spamcop tool. The problem for you with these is that I don't know of any calendar extensions for them.

As an address book, you could look at stuff like 389 directory server, which is an LDAP which might help you centralise your address book. If it's for personal use, of course, that may well be complete overkill.

If you're just worried about the big boys holding your data, you could always take a look at non-US players in the web/email market. I've also used Yandex, and find them to be pretty straightforward.

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answered 2013-11-20 09:03:08 -0500

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I use Thunderbird with Lightning for email, calendar and addresses. Currently, I don't use the junk-filter but it worked well in the past.

I suppose you use a synchronizing service to keep your calendar/addresses synced between devices. You can use Thundebird to change entries and your normal work and add Evolution to also pull the data. With this you can edit entries with Thunderbird and they are also shown in Gnome because of Evolution.

This may not be a perfect approach, but it works. Synching your Android phone is also possible with the server with several apps that use CalDAV and CardDAV.

If you don't have a remote server, you could set up a local server like Radicale or Baikal.

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