getmail

getmail

Web site: pyropus.ca/software/getmail/
Category: Network
Subcategory: Email Clients
Platform: Linux, UNIX-like
License: GPL
Interface: CLI
Programing language: Python
First release: 1998
Rating:  star  star

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getmail – a mail retriever designed to allow you to get your mail from one or more mail accounts on various mail servers to your local machine for reading with a minimum of fuss. getmail is designed to be secure, flexible, reliable, and easy-to-use. getmail is designed to replace other mail retrievers such as fetchmail.

Features:
– simple to install, configure, and use
– retrieve virtually any mail
– support for accessing mailboxes with the following protocols: POP3, POP3-over-SSL, IMAP4, IMAP4-over-SSL, SDPS (Demon UK’s extensions to POP3)
– support for message filtering, classification, and annotation by external programs like spam filters and anti-virus programs
– support for delivering messages to different destinations based on the message recipient
– written in Python, and therefore easy to extend or customize

The project developer is Charles Cazabon.

Pidgin

Pidgin

Web site: pidgin.im
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messenger
Platform: Linux, OS X, UNIX-like, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C
First release: December 31, 1998
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Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) – a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time. The program was originally written by Mark Spencer, an Auburn University sophomore, as an emulation of AOL’s IM program AOL Instant Messenger on Linux using the GTK+ toolkit.

Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE and Zephyr. It can support many more with plugins.

Pidgin supports many features of these chat networks, such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend Pidgin’s functionality above and beyond the standard features. Pidgin is widely used for its Off-the-Record Messaging (OTR) plugin, which offers end-to-end encryption.

Pidgin integrates with the system tray on Windows, GNOME2, KDE 3 and KDE 4.