default mail client

Nicu Buculei nicu_fedora at
Thu Feb 21 07:51:43 UTC 2008

Jens Petersen wrote:
> So what are the arguments for keeping Evolution as the default Mail 
> application in Fedora?  This question seems particularly relevant now 
> with things like the Lightning calendar extension and the launch of 
> Mozilla Messaging.  Evolution is different enough from regular GNOME 
> applications to be basically a different platform, and from the 
> development point of view it is expensive to have another platform to 
> maintain.

Have a look at the Mugshot applications usage report -
Thunderbird is incredibly high for a non-default application (and not 
even present on the DVD install media). I think it is a strong argument 
about users making an informed choice *for* Thunderbird. I can only 
imagine how the stats would look if it would be the other way, with 
Thunderbird set as a default.

I am a longtime Thunderbird user myself, but before seriously  rooting 
for it as *the* default mail client there is one thing I would like to 
see: better GNOME integration, at the same level of integration brought 
by Firefox 3 (stock icons, gtk widgets and such).

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