Looking for an email client that offers superior performancewithout sacrificing on features? Take a look at Mutt, the planet's coolestmail client, from the perspective of a long-time fan and user, and find outwhat you've been missing.
Getting and installing Mutt is a piece of cake, and shouldn't take you more than ten minutes on a good day. First, drop by the official Mutt Web site, http://www.mutt.org/, and pick up a copy of the latest release (currently, version 1.2.5, although, if you're feeling particularly daring, you can road-test the newer 1.3.4 release).
Next, untar the files into your working directory,
$ tar -xzvf mutt-1.2.5i.tar.gz
and start the traditional configure-build-install
There are a number of interesting options you can configure at compile-time - type
$ ./configure --help
for a list - but the ones I usually use are the
$ ./configure --enable-pop --enable-imap
options, which set up Mutt to access mail on POP3- and
Once the configuration is done and a Makefile generated, it's time to build the program
and then install it.
$ make install
Unless you've specified an alternate installation path, Mutt
(and its ancillary files) should get installed to /usr/local/bin/
You can test your installation by typing in the program name at the command line - Mutt should pop up and display the contents of your mail spool.