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Linux® for Dummies®, 9th Edition by Richard Blum

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Chapter 10. E-Mailing the World

In This Chapter

  • Examining Evolution

  • Working with KMail

 

Your mailbox is your window to your heart! Make sure you leave that window open!

 
 --Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata

Although most people think of the Web when they think of the Internet, e-mail may, in fact, be the most used and beloved of all Internet applications. A multitude of e-mail programs are available for Linux users. Most Linux distributions install at least one e-mail application by default, and which one it is depends on the default desktop you're using (see Chapter 1). Of course, with Linux you're always free to install a different e-mail program to use if you find one you like better!

This chapter provides an overview of the three most popular e-mail packages used in Linux these days. Hopefully you'll find one that fits your needs.

Looking Before You Leap

Before you start hacking away at trying to set up your e-mail package, you'll need to grab some information about the Internet service provider (ISP) that supports your e-mail address. You should be able to obtain most of this information either from the information you received from your ISP with your e-mail account or by calling the Help Desk at your ISP and asking a few simple questions.

The items you'll need to have handy before you start are

  • Your e-mail address: This should be assigned by your ISP, with a format such as . You'll need to remember to enter this in your e-mail package exactly as it appears ...

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