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JoeNobody

Open source equivalent to Outlook?

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I've gone on a bit of an open source/anti-Microsoft rampage on my new laptop. Consequently I'm using Thunderbird instead of Outlook. Generally I'm happy with it apart from a couple of things - I can only specify one out-going mail server, and it doesn't have a calendar.

Does anyone know of an open source mail client that allows me to specify an out-going server for each account I have set up, and that also has a calendar? Recommendations for Thunderbird extensions also considered.

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You can specify multiple outgoing servers in Thunderbird - it's just that they didn't make it terribly intuitive to add them.

Bring up the "Account Settings" window and scroll to the bottom of the account list on the left-hand side. At the bottom should be a line which says something like "Outgoing Server (SMTP)". Click this and in 1.5 you will see a list of SMTP servers to use. You can add/edit or remove servers in the list.

Once you've added a new outgoing server, click on the account you want to change and (again in 1.5), the outgoing server is shown in a selection box at the bottom of the preferences.

If you're not using Thunerbird 1.5, why not? (Just kidding). In previous versions, the UI for adding a new outgoing server was slightly different as was the UI for selecting which server to use for an account, but they are still reached by pretty much the same method I've given above.

Keep up the good work!

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Oh and with respect to the calendar, Firefox used to have a premlinary calendar implementation in it, but that appears to be no more.

See here[mozilla.org] for details of the work going on in this area.

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Don't know how I missed the Advanced config stuff for the outgoing servers. I reckon I can hold on for the calendar functionality.

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