Oct 062008

Balsa is a simple e-mail client for GNOME, highly configurable and incorporating all the features you would expect in a robust mail client.

Features include,

Support for local mailbox formats: mbox, maildir, mh
Allows nested mailboxes (see this screenshot)
Support for POP3 and IMAP mail access protocols
Spell Checking
Multi-threaded mail retrevial (optional)
MIME support (view images inline, save parts)
Supports SMTP and/or use of local MTA, ie. Sendmail
Address Book that integrates with GnomeCard
Highly configurable
Active, open development (see the mailing list page)
Multiple character sets for composing and reading messages
Allows file attachments to outgoing messages
GPG/OpenPGP mail signing and encryption

Install Balsa Email Client

Balsa Email client can be installed using one of the following 1-click installs based on your openSUSE version.

openSUSE 11.0

1-click Install for Balsa

openSUSE 10.3

1-click Install for Balsa

This should download the YaST MetaPackage file (YMP) for Balsa and launch the YaST Package manager for installation. Click next on the window showing the selected repositories and next again on the package selection window and finally click Next on the installation proposal window. This should add the required repositories (click import when prompted to import the GPG Keys) and install Balsa and required dependencies. Click Finish when the installation is completed succesfully.

Repository selection Package selection

Installation proposal Successful installation

This should install Balsa under “Applications – Internet – E-mail“. Click Balsa to launch the email client.
Balsa in menu
When launched for the first time, Balsa will help you through a wizard to configure the first email account on your Balsa email client.
Account wizard Account settings
Click Forward on the welcome screen and enter the account details like POP3 mail server details, account, email address etc and click Forward.
Mail folder files
Accept the defaults or change the mail folder locations and click Forward.
Default client Complete wizard
Select “Yes” or “No” if you want to make Balsa your default email account and finally click “Close” to complete the wizard.
Email client
As you would see, a simple neat interface for an email client.
Settings like editing email accounts or display options, address book etc, click Edit – Preferences.
Manage your Mail identities, Toolbar icons, signatures, Encryption and mail signing from Tools menu.

Overall a simple email client for your openSUSE. Click here to visit the project home for Balsa Email Client.