Evolution is a complete solution for mail, calendar, tasks, contact lists, but it uses a lot of resources, and I’m not using all of those features.
Last week I was looking at multiple mail clients (aka mail user agents). I was really interested in Claws-Mail, a fork of Sylpheed. It is very lightweight, and has a bunch of features, not as much as evolution, but it can compete pretty well.
Memory-wise, I switched from 30mb used by Evolution to ~14mb (maximum, but usually ~10mb) used by Claws-mail.
The only problem I was facing is setting it up with Gmail. Here’s how I figured it out after a couple days.
Create a new account as usual, using this information:
- User ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Password: yourgmailpassword
- Server for receving: imap.gmail.com
- SMTP server: smtp.gmail.com
- SMTP Auth should be checked in the Send options
- In the SSL option:
- In IMAP4, Use SSL for IMAP4 connection must be checked
- In Send (SMTP), Use STARTTLS command to start SSL session must be checked
- In the advanced option:
- SMTP port: 587
- IMAP4 port: 993
Then go to File > Add Mailbox > MH…. This will help you have a Queue list on your computer as this is not properly handled by Gmail.
Go back into your Account settings.
Into the Advance section, the first two options must be checked, it should look like this (the mailbox name might be different for you, my system is in French. Click on Browse to make sure you have the right path!):
- Put sent messages in: #mh/Boîte aux lettres/sent
- Put queued messages in: #mh/Boîte aux lettres/queue
Do not worry about your sent messages, the Gmail smtp server will copy them into your online imap folder every time you send an email, automagically!
You are done!