aNewDomain.net — It has been years since I’ve used an email program for my personal email account. Back in the day, Thunderbird was my program of choice for managing my email from the desktop. Thunderbird has since become too big and bloated for my tastes. Nowadays, I spend most of my time on Gmail, but every now and then I like to check in on the desktop to see if anything compelling has cropped up. Enter Geary.
Geary is a lightweight desktop email application made for Linux and created by the folks over at Yorba. This is the same team that created Shotwell, a popular photo organizer on the Linux desktop. What makes this email application compelling is the ability for emails to be organized as threaded conversations. If you are a Gmail user then you understand this concept. Threads of email replies and forwards are grouped together, resulting in a much cleaner looking inbox and easier email management.
If you are an Ubuntu user, you get a bonus feature. Geary integrates with the message icon that appears in the top-right panel of the desktop. This is very nice if you are already using Empathy, the default chat client in Ubuntu, since it also uses the default message icon. The mail icon will turn blue when a new message is received and will even display a neat pop-up message in the corner of your screen.
Geary is still in the beginning stages in terms of functionality. For instance, there it only supports for email account. Also, while I have not had any issues with using it, potential users should know that they may experience bugs. According to the Geary website bugs are more prevalent with non-Gmail email accounts.
Geary certainly feels like it is specifically focused on bringing Gmail users back to the desktop for their email needs. The fact that it does not come with a huge number of bells, whistles, and add-ons is not a bad thing. The no-frills design complements the clean Unity desktop that comes preinstalled with Ubuntu, even though Geary was designed with Gnome in mind. Download it for free over at Yorba.org or through the Ubuntu Software Center.
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