The standard way is that mails arrive on a web server that runs 24h a day. Since this is probably not you desktop computer, the mails need to be exchanged with this mail server. The two protocols (one for each direction) POP3 and SMTP are used for that. Alternatively many mail server allow users to log in using a regular browser and read the mails while they remain on the server. Also mails to be sent can be created on the server using the web browser. Using this method not additional SW needs to be installed. Disadvantages are the mail can just be read when the desktop computer is on line and it takes longer since the authentications goes over the Internet.


ssmtp is used to send automated mail and have the application using it free from configuring the mail. It has no mail reading functionality. After having it installed /etc/ssmtp/ssmtp.conf needs to get the mail account settings. See

Kmail, the KDE e-mail program

Kmail comes with kde. In integrates therefore nicely in kde, but when you move away from kde then you also have to move away from kmail.

emerge bogofilter to filter spam. man bogofilter tells you some option. Install it with the kmail spam wizard. You get two icons where you can mark messages as spam or not. Using the command line, you can do more specific things.


Evolution is a standalone full featured Mail program

Simple mail programs

Something simple that do not depend on a desktop environment are:

  1. claws-mail

  2. sylpheed

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