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My experience with IMAP through a browser is helping friends install Thunderbird, friends who have had there account taken over in AOL, MS Mail and YaHoo. When I install Thunderbird, I suggest to them that it does not require using a browser, greatly reducing the chance of being tripped up on <click here> websites.

Some have gone to POP, others have stayed with IMAP on Thunderbird and are very happy. The only reason they ever choose IMAP is synchronization.

In extending Thunderbird with this capability

1. Make secured e-mails without trusting the the server. Security ends
   where trust starts. I trust Mozilla to produce a safe POP client and
   trust LibreOffice would be in kind if they where to take it over.
2. Have Thunderbird POP installed on multiple devices that align
   themselves to e-mail address(es) securely without the interaction of
   a server except for PGP.

In regards to LibreOffice

1. Sharing document to online services in the cloud is OK, but why does
   it have to be Google or Microsoft some other document sharing
   service. People want to share their information within a limited
   scope of addressees.  If LibreOffice <File - Send - E-mail Document>
   it is already leaning in that direction, why not push it a little more.
2. The graphical interface of LibreOffice has made some huge strides.
   If LibreOffice took over Thunderbird, wouldn't it be great to have a
   'Properties' panel on the right to e-mail.
3. If we already have <Edit - Track Changes - Record Changes>, why
   shouldn't it push those changes to a pre-defined list of people
   automatically via Thunderbird.

I just don't believe that because somebody else already did it, it couldn't done better and couldn't be done without a server. Probably more than 80% the of technology is already written in LibreOffice and Thunderbird. It is not starting from zero as has been implied.

Thank you for listening

On 3/3/2016 4:09 AM, Felmon Davis wrote:

for the benefit of us lurkers trying to follow this discussion, could you in a brief statement explain why you think POP should be preferred? (I believe this is your general point? if not, a clear statement is welcome.)

I used to use POP (and it's still set up on a couple of my machines albeit not currently in use) but mainly I'm on IMAP. what I liked about POP was the ease of making local backups of email. it's been a couple of yrs since I've explored options in IMAP but that's probably not a big issue now.

anyway, please, just a brief statement of your take would be helpful.

and please, no violence, gentlemen -- no violence, I beg of you! Consider the furniture!


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