[Users] On which Linux distro is Claws Mail best supported?

P NIKOLIC p.nikolic1 at btinternet.com
Fri Oct 4 08:53:17 CEST 2013

On Thu, 3 Oct 2013 17:28:30 -0400
Steve Litt <slitt at troubleshooters.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:03:48 +0200
> vitsen at gmx.com wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I have to choose a Linux distro, and need advice from you.
> > This question may seem out of place on this mailing list, but it
> > isn't.
> :-)
> The answer might well end up being "all of the distros", but every day
> I run Claws on Ubuntu, and several times a week I run it on OpenSuSE.
> It runs great both places. In both places it's run great using both the
> Xfce and Openbox. I might have run it under the (ultra-stable) LXDE
> too, I just don't remember.
> If I wanted my software to work (which I do), I'd stay well away from
> all things KDE, and although I'd be fine with Gnome apps and Gnome
> libraries, I wouldn't use Gnome as a Window manager/Desktop
> environment. It probably goes without saying, but I wouldn't touch
> Unity with a ten foot pole.
> Bottom line, you'd be much more likely to succeed with software if you
> run a light footprint window manager.
> [clip]
> > 
> > I am a bit worried, as I have read on some posts that there are
> > significant bugs in Debian (if I remember correctly). So, does this
> > mean that such bugs are also present on Ubuntu, which is based on
> > Debian? Should I avoid all Debian/Ubuntu-based distros?
> HECK no!!! Claws runs just fine on Ubuntu, and I'd imagine that Debian
> has less bugs than Ubuntu because it's more conservative.
> > 
> > Since my operating system should be able to run on a low-powered
> > netbook, I was thinking of something like Lubuntu (which is also
> > based on Ubuntu). What do you suggest?
> Here we do start getting into stuff that's offtopic on this list. Why
> don't you get on the GoLUG.org mailing list, ask that question, and
> get a lot of interesting (and often conflicting) answers.
> > 
> > Please, suggest some solutions where using Claws Mail will give me
> > the least possible trouble.
> The most trouble I anticipate you getting from Claws is the dreaded
> "buried dialog box looks like Claws is hung" problem. Claws seldom
> hangs for real, but because it neither multithreads nor spawns new
> processes to do things, occasionally a dialog box requiring your input
> gets buried behind some other Claws or nonClaws windows, and it *looks
> like* claws got hung. Just keep a cool head, use lots of Alt+Tab to
> look at every window on the screen, and find where it's looking for
> input.
> As far as distros, my bet is that Claws would perform about as well on
> any distro as other things tend to perform on it, and that you'd get
> very few Claws problems resulting from the distro you chose.
> HTH,
> SteveT
> Steve Litt                *  http://www.troubleshooters.com/
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Arch Linux here   WITH KDE   all my software works fine including Claws-mail .

It also worked fine on OpenSuse previously with KDE ..

Pete .

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