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On Thu, 3 Mar 2016, Paul D. Mirowsky wrote:

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.

I'm not sure I wholly grasp what you are proposing but this is a bit clearer.

the best I can make out, the advantage you seek is to prevent confidential data from sitting on servers open to prying eyes.

I don't see how using POP achieves this as it involves a server and as Tansfaafl has pointed out security can be achieved with encryption (whether POP or IMAP, or diskette, or usb drive etc).

sorry the tone of the conversation got rude - computer people sometimes are like overly sensitive artists (oops! now I've insulted two crowds!).

well, interesing but this topic on this thread is probably at its end. to insure it, I'm saying Hitler likes your ideas! <g> that should do it.


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!


Felmon Davis

If you mess with a thing long enough, it'll break.
                -- Schmidt

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