Testing Geary 0.2 in Ubuntu 12.10, a Lightweight eMail Client

For many years, Thunderbird is my default mail client in Ubuntu. The truth is that I’ve tried other options, which, especially in low resource teams, Thunderbird consumes too, and I’ve tried to find an alternative, but none convince me.

For some time, I think Ubuntu in particular lacks a simple email client, while powerful, and with a minimalist design yet elegant. I do not think to send an email or check your inbox, necessary, use an Internet browser, either Firefox, Chromium, or any other, nor is it necessary to use clients like Thunderbird, despite the power offered. In general, with a simple interface to do these things is enough.

Well, Geary, a mail client is deployed from its initial state to achieve this goal, a thin client.

Geary is an email client designed for GNOME so you can read your mail simply and effortlessly. Its interface is based on conversations, so you can read a full conversation without going by clicking on e-mail.

About Geary 0.2

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Geary 0.2 is in the early stages of development, and currently, its features are limited. in fact, the version available on the 0.2 released in October 2012, you can only use a single email account, which is already a limitation considerable, since most of us have two or more accounts. However, Geary developers have planned to implement the search in mail, support for multiple accounts (fundamental) and designing an extensible architecture via supplements (like thunderbird) so that other developers can add all kinds of modular features.

Geary is developed in Vala, and has seamless integration with both GNOME and Ubuntu. But can also be used as a Debian other distributions, Fedora and more .

Install Geary 0.2 on Ubuntu 12.10/12.04

Geary 0.2 is not in the official Ubuntu repositories, but you can easily install on your ubuntu computer by adding the following PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install geary

How to Use Geary 0.2

The first time you use Geary 0.2, you’ll see a dialog box like the one shown in the following image, where it asks for the minimum necessary to set up your email account. And from there, and you can use it.

Conclusions

Geary complies perfectly with the design for which it was developed, simple, easy and light. In fact, Geary consumes a fifth of Thunderbid resources, and it operates perfectly in the Ubuntu desktop, even with a team of reduced performance. The truth is that I like, and do not rule out using it in parallel with Thunderbird for one of my accounts, for which more use, and leave the rest of Thunderbird accounts.

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