I moved my home email from one computer to another this weekend. Both computers are obsolete PIII systems, but I had rebuilt Antrim (in the basement) to use Xubuntu Linux 9.04, while Tyrone (upstairs) runs Slackware Linux 12. I moved my email from Tyrone to Antrim. Next step will be to rebuild Tyrone as a Debian or (X)ubuntu system. Debian and its spawn, e.g. Ubuntu, are much easier to keep current than Slackware.
Technically, I have changed home e-mail clients for the first time since 1993. I have replaced pine by its offspring, alpine. I say “technically” because alpine is very similar to pine. In fact, it cheerfully accepted my old pine configuration file. I also defined a Unix alias so if I type pine it will invoke alpine. I also had to install fetchmail and procmail on Antrim, but that was not hard.
I like (al)pine because it is text based — it runs in a terminal window. This means
- It is fast. I get a lot of e-mail and need to deal with it quickly.
- I can ssh to Antrim and read my mail from any of my systems.