FYI - Command Line Programs for the Blind

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Wed Apr 13 19:32:12 UTC 2022

Mutt is designed for users who like to do that. It's not designed for the average user.

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Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2022 15:20:08 -0400
Subject: Re: FYI - Command Line Programs for the Blind

> But there's my point. It may be that you don't want your calendar and
> search bar, but others do. We can argue all day long that they should
> not be on by default, or that they should. The point I'm trying to make
> is that Thunderbird is mostly usable right out of the box, cluttered
> though it is, but Mutt makes you go through a ton of configurations just
> to make it read a mailbox, which is something that Thunderbird can do in
> about 30 seconds, but takes a week of fiddling about in Mutt's nearly
> incomprehensible configuration files that are not documented internally
> very well, or wading through tons of online documentation just to find
> out how to set up a mailbox. There is such a thing as exposing an end
> user to every conceivable setup, allowing him/her to make changes to
> every aspect of the system, and then there's dropping the end user into
> the middle of the ocean without a life jacket and expecting him/her to
> be able to find the way to the shore. As I said, I would pretty much
> consider myself to be a power user, and I couldn't survive Mutt
> configuration apart from *mostly* getting it working on a home computer
> that was doubling as an email server at the time, and that's not
> practical for most people, especially those who just want to be able to
> set up a new computer and start reading and responding to email in a few
> minutes.
> ~Kyle
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