The difference between e-mail and regular mail is that computers handle e-mail, and computers never decide to come to work one day and shoot all the other computers.
Jamais Cascio

If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.
Larry Leissner

On my Windows machines, I used Thunderbird email client.  It worked well enough but it still was not quite what I wanted.

When I converted to Ubuntu, I tried Evolution, the default email client.  I was confused how to use the program.  I could not even figure out the simplest things.  I went right back to Thunderbird because I knew how it worked.

I have over 15 different email accounts from different businesses and concerns that I manage.  Thunderbird was becoming more cumbersome to use.  Now, I have found Zimbra Desktop which runs on Windows, Mac or Linux.  The directions which follow show my experiences for installing Zimbra Desktop on Ubuntu, versions 9.10 and 10.04.

Since I started this draft, Zimbra changed versions and Ubuntu is now at version 10.10  I do not like the new version of Zimbra but the first time I installed on Ubuntu 10.10, it was a breeze.  Two months later, the install had become a nightmare and I gave up after 4 tries.

Since I did not like the new Zimbra interface, I decided to return to Thunderbird.  Thunderbird has also changed and it is closer to what I want.  So I will now show my Thunderbird install.

From the Applications menu, start the Ubuntu Software Center

Type thunderbird in search box.  Then, click the Install button.

Thunderbird shows up on the Internet menu.

Adding email accounts was pretty straight forward.  Thunderbird chose IMAP and SMTP.  It did not guess my user id correctly but it was easy to edit.  Yahoo mail took a little effort.  Thunderbird guesses POP3.  The following screen shots show the steps I took to get Yahoo mail to work.  GMail was easy.

You might be tempted to stay on the cutting edge with ThunderBird.  For Ubuntu 10.10, you can add these sources to you software repository.

deb maverick main
deb-src maverick main

Be careful. When I did this, I found that I was also getting the new FireFox, code named Namoroka along with the latest version of ThunderBird.

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