Thunderbird --- Linux -and- Windows
Elsewhere on my site I have talked about having a multi-boot system. The primary Systems are Windows XP Media Center and openSuSE Linux. The first OS came with the PC and it has some neat stuff that doesn't work with Linux ... yet. Let's face it, Windows and DOS have been around for years and will probably be around forever. That's where the money is. But that is another story.
What I was leading up to is; I had Thunderbird installed on both OS's. However, they had separate mail boxes. Well guess what??? You can "link" files and directories in Linux. With that thought in mind I looked into getting one (1) set of mailboxes for both. Now Windows, believe it or not, also has linking. (Read Shell Shocked for more info on the subject.) It is simpler with Linux... at least at this moment in time.
First you must setup Thunderbird in both. Create the accounts in the same order. In
this case the Windows side is theoretically going to be the Master. Why? Because of the linking mentioned above.
It is easier to link from the Linux side than it is from the Windows side. Course some may not agree, but that
is the way it goes. In this particular setup, on 18Sep09, I am using:
Which one first?? Well, since the Windows side is going to contain the mailboxes, it would seem to be prudent to create that side first. Most people would have the Win OS first anyway, cause that is what most PC's are sold with. Course, you could be like me and have both already and then decide to consolidate. Whatever, it can be a trivial or a monumentous task. Depends on the situation and your frame of mind.
Now then the important parts are as follows:
F14 - firstname.lastname@example.org on TRCompu Chuck Taylor email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org TRComputing pop.tr--compu.com 110 email@example.com pop.tr--compu.com=================================================================
P51 - chucktr on Cox Chuck Taylor chucktr@cox--.net chucktr@cox--.net TRComputing pop.west.cox.net chucktr pop.west.cox.net=================================================================
F15 - TR on TR@tr--compu.com Chuck Taylor TR@tr--compu.com TR@tr--compu.com TRComputing pop.tr--compu.com TR@tr--compu.com pop.tr--compu-1.com=================================================================
SR71 - firstname.lastname@example.org on TRCompu Chuck Taylor email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org TRComputing pop.tr--compu.com email@example.com pop.tr--compu-2.com=================================================================
Out Server on Cox smtp.west.cox.net 25 chucktrThe only real problem I ran into was signing on for the first time. It didn't recognize my password!! Why?? I only moved the mail boxes. Well, came to find out that I only had the username, chucktr, in the username field for the tr--compu.com mailbox. It required the full address in the username: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is just an FYI in case you run into a similar problem. Some only require the name and other require the full address.
Now then, in case you don't know where the Mail boxes are, on Windows they are in:
On the Linux side the path is in a "hidden" directory under your home dir.
The path is as follows:
Of course, ALL of the above assumes that you have a computer set up similar to mine. Invariably, there will be differences. After all these are "Personal Computers". I mentioned my Crash Recovery and that just happens to be another item that brought about this mail box consolidation. It took a long time to get my system the way it was ... before the crash... and I still don't have it all back. So, some of the items sent in e-mails to me, I couldn't view on the Linux side. So, I had to go to the Windows side. -But- there was a problem. When I went to the Windows side, the e-mail message was no longer up on the server. Why? Cause I had to have the mail system remove the e-mails from the server AS I read them or they became to many and I would either get yelled at and/or the mail would get rejected cause of a full box. The answer was to combine the boxes locally.
Just as a follow up to the above paragraph. Yes, there are some ISP's that sense when you delete a mail locally and will then remove them from the server. So, you can use an option, "Keep the messages until I delete them." But, there are others that don't. My particular ISP for my main mail doesn't and I didn't particularly care for their e-mail program that I would have to use to delete the messages up on the server. (twisted) But don't get me wrong. I love my ISP. That e-mail interface is the only bad spot.
What about Virtual Machines???
I haven't done it yet -but- I'm sure that one could, apply the above concept to Virtual OS's that are created via VMware (my favorite). When using Win2K, like I am right now, inside Linux, I see absolutely no reason why I could not essentially do the same thing. The -big- difference being, this time I would want to link from the Virtual PC to my WinXP in order to still maintain the same mailboxes. I have performed other operations amoungst them. After all, my main purpose in using the Virtual concept is to have access to ALL at the same time. And to practice inter-machine operations. With VMware you can essentially have two, or more, machines in one. If I get around to reading and playing with the ideas discussed in Shell Shocked I will add the experience here. But don't count on it.
Borrowed / Swiped from : About.com
Access an AOL Email Account with any IMAP Email Program
To access an AOL email account using IMAP:
Access an AOL Email Account with any POP Email Program
To access an AOL email account using POP:
Also from About.com -
Set up Outgoing (SMTP) AOL Email in Any Email Client
To set up your email program to send mail through AOL:
Hopefully More to come ....
And there is, also from About.com
And for Thunderbird : AOL on T-Bird
And for Vista : Vista Email Setup
Some questions and answers at : QueryCatTop