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7 HQ Trivia Alternatives for Fans of Quizzes

HQ Trivia was a live quiz app that gave out real money to people for answering a series of questions correctly. Unfortunately, HQ Trivia is no more thanks to a diminishing audience and lack of funds. So, in this article, we list the best HQ Trivia alternatives for former fans.

While these apps aren’t exactly the same as HQ Trivia, we think they capture the fun spirit of the game. There’s less money on offer with these HQ Trivia alternatives, but then money isn’t everything, right?

What Is HQ Trivia?

HQ Trivia logo

HQ Trivia was an innovative quiz app for Android and iOS. It was developed by the founders of Vine and launched in 2017.

At set times every day, the app would go live and players would tune in together to see a personable host dish out a series of increasingly difficult questions.

Players were competing for a share of the cash prize pot, split equally amongst the winners, with some shows sponsored by brands and offering pay outs of up to $400,000. Get all of the questions correct and you won. And there was literally no room for error.

At its peak, more than 2 million people a day were playing HQ Trivia. People would stop what they were doing, gather around their phones, and test their brains. The show had its own culture and memes, built by the chat that would whiz along at the bottom of the screen.

Sadly, HQ Trivia is no more. The company struggled to fund itself and, when a buyer apparently changed their mind at the last moment, the plug was pulled. And even if it returns one day, it’s likely to be a very different beast.

HQ Trivia’s final show was more relaxed than usual, with the hosts swearing and drinking. The prize pool was from host Matt Richards’ own pockets—a measly $5—and the winners took home less than a cent each.

So, now that HQ Trivia has disappeared, you might be seeking some alternatives. Hence our list. These aren’t necessarily apps that pay out big money (as those are few and far between), but they do provide the quizzing fun of HQ Trivia.

1. Jeopardy! World Tour

Everyone loves Jeopardy, the TV show hosted by Alex Trebek. This trivia app follows a similar format to the show, letting you pick questions from a grid. Risk a trickier question for a greater score and get the chance to gamble it all at the end.

The money you win is fictional, but it’s enjoyable to see where you stand on the leaderboard. Plus, you can challenge friends and family to see who is the quiz master.

If you like Jeopardy, it’s also one of the fun Alexa games you can play on an Echo.

Download: Jeopardy! World Tour for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

2. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Another classic TV show turned into an app, this time based on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? You know the deal—a series of questions, each increasing in difficulty, and if you get one wrong then you’re out… much like HQ Trivia!

All the lifelines from the show are present to help you out. In a fun touch, you can ask experts like William Shakespeare to guide you to the right answer. Which should make earning that (virtual!) million dollars a little easier.

Download: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

3. Trivia Crack 2

Trivia Crack 2 is packed full of entertaining questions that span topics like history, sport, and movies. The nice thing about this app is that it has questions about current news and culture, much like HQ Trivia did, which keeps it fresh.

You can also go head-to-head against your friends to see who can get the most questions correct. Also, Trivia Crack is elevated over similar apps thanks to its charming design, packed with cute animations.

Download: Trivia Crack 2 for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

4. QuizzLand

HQ Trivia was unique because it had a live host reading out the questions. When everyone had answered the question, the host would elaborate on the answer. QuizzLand does something similar, providing interesting information to explain or give context on the answers.

It also shows you how other people answered, which HQ Trivia did too. QuizzLand isn’t live, however, as you instead work your way round a tiled board with every correct answer flipping a tile.

Download: QuizzLand for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

5. 94%

The object of this game is to find the answers that 94% of people gave. Hence the name. For example, you will have to list animals that hatch from an egg or something you take with you on a vacation.

HQ Trivia often had questions that seemed easy at first, but which were designed to trip you up. It might seem simple to list things in response to 94%’s challenges, but it proves difficult to reach that coveted percentage.

Download: 94% for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

6. Logo Game

Logo Game is different to the other apps on this list because it isn’t focused on trivia. However, it still offers the same satisfaction when you get the right answer. It’s one for those in touch with their brands.

The game shows hundreds of logos with various letters removed and the aim is to fill in the blanks. The app ranks the logos by difficulty, so you can build up to the harder ones, and it gets much trickier more quickly than you might expect.

And if Logo Game inspires you to get creative, use these free sites to create your own logo.

Download: Logo Game for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

7. Trivia 360

Trivia 360 is a simple-yet-enjoyable app that has a range of trivia on topics like geography, science, and literature—a broad spectrum that HQ Trivia used to cover. You can even submit your own question to be added to the rotation, pending approval.

The game is straightforward: answer as many questions correctly as you can without losing all of your lives. You will gain points for giving correct answers quickly, and you are then ranked against those in your country and worldwide.

Download: Trivia 360 for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

These HQ Trivia Alternatives Should Keep You Entertained

HQ Trivia was an entertaining app, and the chance to win big money was always enticing. So hopefully HQ Trivia will either return in some form or another company will find a way of doing something similar and sustainably in the future.

Until then, the HQ Trivia alternatives we’ve listed will hopefully keep you entertained.

If you’re a competitive person who enjoys engaging in a battle of wits, be sure to check out our list of brainy multiplayer games to challenge your friends.

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How to Disable Google’s Face Match Feature

Facial recognition technology is being increasingly scrutinized as a threat to privacy, with its use by law enforcement and in public places. But it’s not only outside that you need to worry about facial recognition.

Companies like Google are starting to make smart home devices which use facial recognition too. One Google device has a feature called Face Match which builds up a model of your face.

If you value your privacy, here’s more information about what Face Match is and how to disable it.

What is Google Face Match?

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Google Face Match is a feature currently available on Google Nest Hub Max devices. Google has designed these smart home displays for you to control your smart home devices and to allow easy access to the Google Assistant. The device uses Face Match to recognize your face so it can show content which is personalized to you or to other users.

Google makes it clear that Face Match is not a security feature. It’s not like Apple FaceID, which uses an image of your face to unlock your iPhone. And it’s also not quite like Facebook’s facial recognition algorithm which identifies people in photos after they have been uploaded.

Instead, Face Match is a way of identifying the user of a device in real time. The device scans your face to create a face model. In future, it will be able to identify you using this model, and tell you apart from other people. Then the device can serve you personalized content and ads.

What’s the Problem With Face Match?

The issue is that the Nest Hub Max uses its camera to constantly monitor its surroundings to identify faces. That means the camera in your device is always on and always watching.

This is in some ways similar to the privacy risks from smart speakers like Alexa or Amazon Echo devices. But while these devices have an always-on microphone, which is concerning in its own way, the Nest Hub Max goes one step further by having an always-on camera.

Another problem is that many people feel uncomfortable about Google having a model of their face. Google says that the actual face profiles created by the device aren’t sent to their servers. They say the profiles exist only on the device.

However, they do admit that some face data is sent to the cloud in order to improve the experience. Therefore, you can’t be certain that a model of your face isn’t going to end up on Google’s servers.

How to Disable Google Face Match

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If you have a Google Nest Hub Max, you can disable the Face Match feature. This is advisable if you don’t want the device or Google to hold information about your face. The feature should be disabled by default. But it’s a good idea to check the setting if you’re concerned about privacy.

In order to disable the feature or to change other Nest Hub Max settings, you will need the Google Home app installed on your smartphone. You can download the app for Android or for iOS for free.

Steps to Disable Face Match on the Nest Hub Max

Here are the steps for disabling the feature on the Nest Hub Max:

  1. Use a smartphone to connect to the same Wi-Fi network that the Nest Hub Max is connected to.
  2. Open up the Google Home App.
  3. Tap on the Settings icon, which looks like a cog.
  4. Find the Google Assistant services header. Tap on More Settings.
  5. Go to Assistant, then to Face Match.
  6. You will see a list of devices that have Face Match enabled. Delete Nest Hub Max from this list.

Delete Your Face Match Profile

This previous step will stop your Nest Hub Max device from scanning your face in the future. However, it won’t delete any information gathered about your face in the past. To remove this information, you need to delete your Face Match profile by following these steps:

  1. Go to your Google Activity page on a smartphone or computer.
  2. Then choose Other Google activity in the left-hand menu.
  3. Scroll down to the Voice and Face Match enrollment heading.
  4. Click on View data.
  5. On the Voice and Face Match enrollment page, select Delete all enrollments. This will delete the Face Match data collected by your Nest Hub Max.

Disable Camera Sensing on the Nest Hub Max

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If you don’t want your Nest Hub Max to image your face, you may want to turn off camera sensing altogether. Camera sensing features include Face Match and also others such as Quick Gestures. These work by using the Nest Hub Max’s camera to sense what is happening around the device.

Camera sensing processing is performed on your device. That means that the images it records are not sent to Google. However, they are analyzed by software in the device. You may wish to disable this feature as well as disabling Face Match in order to protect your privacy.

Here’s how to disable camera sensing on a Nest Hub Max:

  1. Use a smartphone to connect to the same Wi-Fi network that the Nest Hub Max is connected to.
  2. Open up the Google Home App.
  3. Tap on the Settings icon.
  4. Find the More section and select Recognition & Personalization.
  5. Find the Camera sensing setting. Toggle this from On to Off.

If you turn camera sensing off, this will disable Face Match as well. However, don’t forget that you still need to delete your Face Match profile from your Google Activity page.

Opting out of Facial Recognition to Protect Your Privacy

Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible for people to avoid facial recognition technology. However, you can disable facial recognition on devices in your home. Disabling Face Match on your Nest Hub Max doesn’t take long to do. But it could be a serious benefit to your privacy.

To learn more about why facial recognition technology is such a fraught topic, see our article on how facial recognition search is destroying your privacy.

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How to Use Group Policy for a Custom Windows Start Menu

The Start Menu has evolved from a simple list of apps to an adaptable and dynamic interface. You can pin apps and folders, group them, toggle live tiles for real-time information, and more. The Taskbar got a powerful Windows search, multi-desktop, and Action Center.

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The Start Menu and the Taskbar are favorite areas for customization in Windows. That’s true even for Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise users who use Windows in their company. Business users can set up a pre-defined start layout that can reduce clutter and increase productivity.

Let’s learn how to use Group Policy for customizing the Start Menu.

Group Policy for Windows Customization

We have talked earlier about the importance of group policy in Windows 10. They give you a centralized set of rules that govern the way Windows operates. At a local level, it only affects your device. You can configure its settings through the Local Group Policy Editor.

In a domain environment, the policies reside on Microsoft Windows Active Directory. You can configure policy settings for all users with one click.

The domain-based system uses the Group Policy Management Console to edit group policy objects distributed within the domain. IT admins prefer to work with Group Policy because its editor has an intuitive interface. It also provides you a thorough explanation for every policy. Even a novice user can understand its effects on Windows.

Customize the Start Screen of Your Computer

We recommend you set up a customized Start layout on a test computer to make sure everything works properly. Install all your apps and customize the Start menu the way you want. To customize the Start and taskbar layout using Group Policy, you need

  • Version 1703 for Windows 10 Pro
  • Version 1607 for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education

Also, create a new user account that you can use to customize the Start layout. To begin with, you can pin or unpin apps, drag tiles to reorder your apps, resize the app tiles, and create your app groups.

To customize the Taskbar, here is our complete guide on Windows 10 Taskbar customization.

Export the Start Menu Layout in Windows 10 1803 (or lower)

Once you customize the Start menu, export the settings using PowerShell. Press Win + X and choose Windows PowerShell (Admin). Use the command:

Export-StartLayout –path <path><file name>.xml

To export the Start menu layout to the D: drive (you can use any other drive/location on your system) with “MyStartMenu” as a filename, type in

Export-StartLayout -path D:MyStartMenu.xml

export start layout through powershell in windows 1803

Open the exported XML file with Notepad or Notepad++.

start layout code in windows 1803

Understanding the Code

The Start layout always starts and ends with the “LayoutModificationTemplate.” You can either implement a full Start layout or a partial Start layout:

  • Full Start layout: You can view and open all apps in the All Apps view, but cannot pin, unpin, or uninstall apps from Start. It’s also not possible to create any new groups.
  • Partial Start layout: You can create, customize, and move your groups, but it’s not possible to change the contents of the tile groups.

Every Windows 10 app has an AppUserModelID. For Win32 desktop apps, the layout uses DesktopApplicationLinkPath. The medium-sized tile is 2×2, and for wide tile, it’s 4×2. The column and row number deal with the relative position of apps in your Start menu. For example,

<start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="4"
DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%MicrosoftWindowsStart
MenuProgramsGIMP 2.10.14.lnk" />

As per Microsoft docs, if the Start layout that you export contains tiles for Win32 apps, you must change the DesktopApplicationPath to DesktopApplicationID. Unless you change this, the start menu layout will not work accordingly.

Get the Application ID

Launch Windows PowerShell (Admin) and type in

Get-StartApps

get application ID with powershell

Right away, you’ll see the app name and it’s ID. Copy the AppID to Notepad. Considering the above example, the code will change to

<start:Tile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="4"
DesktopApplicationID={6D809377-6AF0-444B-8957-A3773F02200E}GIMP
2bingimp-2.10.exe" />

The DesktopApplicationID uses the attribute AppUserModelID that’s associated with the corresponding app. The other technical data like column, row number, and tile size specification remains the same.

Export the Start Layout in Windows 10 1809 (and above)

The changes you must follow for the layout customization looks baffling and raise many questions. But from version 1809 and above, Microsoft corrected its course and implemented a new command to export Start layout

Export-StartLayout -UseDesktopApplicationID -Path layout.xml

To export the Start layout to D: drive with “StartLayoutMarketing” as a filename, type in

Export-StartLayout -UseDesktopApplicationID D:StartLayoutMarketing.xml

export start layout through powershell in windows 1809

Open the exported XML file with Notepad or Notepad++. If you carefully observe the code, all the Win32 apps start with DesktopApplicationID. It means that you don’t have to make any changes.

start layout code in windows 1809

Configure Windows 10 Taskbar Layout

Starting from Windows 10, version 1607, you can manage pinned shortcuts in the taskbar via the same XML file with the Start Menu layout. As per the sample taskbar configuration code from the Microsoft documentation, the section starts with a declaration that the XML document use version 1.0 and type UTF–8 encoding.

The “LayoutModificationTemplate” section includes a new schema for taskbar

xmlns:taskbar="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/TaskbarLayout

The declaration ends with the closing tag “>.” A new section starts with “CustomTaskbarLayoutCollection.” To pin apps

  • Use <taskbar:UWA> and Application User Model ID (AUMID) of apps installed on the device.
  • Use <taskbar:DesktopApp> and Desktop Application Link Path to pin desktop application.

Note: Configuring the taskbar layout is entirely optional. If you just want to implement just Start menu changes, then skip this section. Also remember, if a particular app is not used by a specific user account, then it will not appear on the taskbar.

sample taskbar layout code in windows 10

To pin your app in the taskbar, we need its user model ID (as discussed above). Here’s a screenshot to show how the code will look when you pin Mail and OneNote app.

configured taskbar layout code

The procedure for getting Desktop Application Link Path is a bit clumsy. Pin your app to the Start menu and use the command to export the layout as an XML file. Look for a property labeled DesktopApplicationLinkPath. That same path is used to pin Win32 apps in the taskbar.

Add the Taskbar Configuration to Start Menu Layout

Assuming that you use Windows 10 (1809 and above), use the “StartLayoutMarketing.xml” file to show where to add your taskbar configuration in the Start menu layout. Open the file in Notepad and navigate to the last line

</DefaultLayoutOveride>...</LayoutModificationTemplate>

Add your taskbar configuration just after the</DefaultLayoutOveride> tag.

add your taskbar configuration after defaultlayoutoveride tag

Looking at the start layout configuration from Microsoft docs, now we’ll just re-arrange the code

  • Move the XML declaration to the first line with an open and close tag.
  • Move the taskbar schemas to the sixth line before the closing tag.
  • The code should be well formatted. Use the free XML formatter online tool to check for any errors.

re-arranged taskbar configuration in start menu layout

Save your file. And keep a separate copy of the start menu and taskbar configuration.

Use Group Policy to Apply Your Customized Start Layout

You can implement a customized Start and taskbar layout when you sign in to your computer. Press the Windows Key + R to launch Run and type in gpedit.msc to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

launch local group policy editor

Go to User Configuration or Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar. Then, select Start Layout.

select start layout in local group policy editor

Right-click Start Layout in the right pane, and click Edit to open the Start Layout policy settings.

start layout policy settings

Select Enabled. Navigate to your XML file and press and hold the Shift key. Right-click it and choose Copy as path. Under Options, paste the path to your file that you just copied. Click Ok.

path to XML file in start layout options

Close the editor and restart your computer to make the policy setting effective, After rebooting, the Start Screen/Menu tiles gets fixed, and you can no longer customize them. Apps mentioned in the Taskbar layout also appear but remember you can still pin more apps.

customized start layout in Windows 10

Points to Remember

  • When you disable Start Layout policy settings that have been in effect and re-enable it later on, you cannot make any changes to Start.
  • The layout in your XML file will not be re-applied unless you update the timestamp of your file. To update the timestamp, launch Windows PowerShell and run the command (ls <path>).LastWriteTime = Get-Date
  • Make sure that the XML file location has only read-only access. When you’re working in a domain environment, the file should be on a shared network, where user profiles can easily read it.
  • If you pinned some apps to the taskbar, they will remain, but new ones get added to the right.
  • When your layout customization is not working as expected, check for Event 22 and Event 64 errors in Event Viewer.

Boost Your Windows Experience With Group Policy

A standard, customized Start Layout can prove useful on devices that are locked down for specific purposes. It allows the organization to pin useful apps, prevent distraction, help queries, and much more.

Many users are not aware of the Group Policy feature in Windows. Find out the ways Group Policy can make your PC better.

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The 10 Best Linux Email Clients

For most of us, email is something we check in a browser or from a phone. But there’s value in having a dedicated desktop app just for managing our mail. This software loads our inbox faster than a browser and offers more functionality than we have on our phones.

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There is plenty of diversity in the Linux world and this is on display when it comes to email clients. Which is the best Linux email client for you? Well, that depends on what you want and what you want to do. Here are ten of your options.

1. Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird Linux email client

Thunderbird comes from Mozilla, the non-profit behind Firefox. Thunderbird is the most popular Linux mail client, and for good reason. Thunderbird comes with many of the same advantages as Firefox. It’s cross-platform. It supports add-ons. It has relatively large name recognition.

The setup experience takes the complication out of setting up a desktop email client and usually guesses the correct settings using only your email address and password. Thunderbird makes it easy to hit the ground running if this is your first time using an dedicated email software.

This email client is also powerful enough for power users. If you want to encrypt your email, Thunderbird is one of the few clients that supports GPG/PGP encryption. While there are encrypted webmail providers, a desktop client like Thunderbird allows you to encrypt the mail you send using services like Gmail or Yahoo.

With the right add-on, Thunderbird also supports Microsoft Exchange. That makes this client suitable for corporate use. These days, the client also comes with calendar functionality built-in.

2. Evolution

GNOME Evolution email client on Linux

Evolution is the most mature email client for the GNOME desktop environment. It’s a substantial Microsoft Outlook alternative that includes added functionality such as a calendar, a place to write memos, and a to-do list.

Evolution supports Microsoft Exchange out of the box, opening it up to wider corporate use. This is the key reason many people turn to Evolution over most of the other Linux email clients.

With all of these features baked-in, Evolution is one of the bulkiest options on this list. For some, that’s a big plus. You can manage much of your communication and organization from a single piece of software. If you want to tweak something, there’s a decent chance you can.

On the flip side, Evolution can feel like a bit much. This amount of features means dealing with added clutter. But if you’re looking for something akin to Microsoft Outlook, that comes with the territory.

3. Geary

GNOME Geary email client on Linux

While Evolution has long served as the official GNOME email client, the app’s interface does not fit GNOME 3’s design language. That’s where Geary steps in. Geary is a simple and lightweight mail client that feels at home on a modern GNOME desktop.

Geary does email and email only. POP3 and IMAP support come included, but you won’t find Exchange. Yet for all that Geary lacks, it makes up for with one of the most straightforward and streamlined interfaces among Linux email clients.

Geary is my personal favorite of the Linux email clients. No, it is by no means the most feature-rich, nor does it have the best performance. But having an app that integrates with the rest of the desktop so well, to me, makes email feel far more accessible.

That said, I no longer use this client since it doesn’t yet support encrypted email. Fortunately developers are working on this functionality, but it may not arrive anytime soon.

4. Elementary Mail

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Elementary Mail (originally Pantheon Mail) is a fork of Geary that began when development on the latter came to an end. Work on Geary would pick back up a few years later under a new developer, but Elementary Mail remains a separate project.

That said, aside from appearances, Elementary Mail and Geary remain very similar email clients. Elementary Mail is an app for elementary OS, a stylized version of Linux with its own look and feel.

Yet while the difference seem minor, you might find that Elementary Mail’s design makes email feel even more approachable. The icons are easy to find and understand, the interface has zero clutter, and any excess is gone. If you’re just looking for a simple and less-cluttered way to keep up with your inbox without having to leave a tab open all the time, Elementary Mail delivers.

5. KMail

KDE KMail email client on Linux
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Developers create most Linux email clients for GTK-based desktops. KMail is the largest exception. KMail is an app for the KDE Plasma desktop environment, which uses Qt rather than GTK+.

KMail is packaged with features, and it can serve as part of a full personal information manager known as Kontact. Kontact, like Evolution, offers a calendar, notes, to-do list, and more. I like this approach. If you only want email, you don’t have to download and slow down your experience loading all of those extra components.

When pitting KMail vs. Thunderbird or Evolution, note that KMail does not support Microsoft Exchange. But it does support encryption.

As is often the case with KDE software, I find KMail’s interface less straightforward to figure out. The experience feels like one intended for power users, but it’s easy enough to figure out if you know your way around KDE Plasma in general.

6. Mailspring

Mailspring email client on Linux
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Mailspring is a fork of Nylas Mail. The app’s interface is open source, but the sync engine is currently closed source. The company plans to open source the latter in the future.

Mailspring offers a pro subscription with features tailored toward people who send a lot of email. You get perks such as read receipts, link tracking, and quick reply templates. Contact or company profiles can also appear next to messages, complete with links to websites and social media pages.

While many Linux email clients can feel a tad old-fashioned, Mailspring is more like what people have come to expect from a modern commercial app. That’s because Mailspring is actually the only commercial app on this list. Other commercial Linux email clients include the cross-platform Hiri, the best Microsoft Exchange client on Linux.

7. Sylpheed

Sylpheed Linux email client

Sylpheed is one of the older email clients available for Linux, having been around since 2000. The app looks dated, but that’s part of its charm. Sylpheed is lightweight and familiar for people who want precisely that. It’s also capable of handling folders with tens of thousands of emails without breaking a sweat, making this a recommendation for people whose email brings other clients to a crawl.

Slypheed supports plugins and advanced features such as PGP encryption. However, some features are intentionally left out. The app cannot send HTML mail, for example, though it can receive such messages. There’s a certain class of technically proficient and security-minded user for whom Sylpheed may be ideal.

That said, Slypheed remains very easy to setup and use. While there are an abundance of preferences to configure, they’re easy to navigate. Slypheed also supports importing and exporting your mailbox in the MBOX, EML, and MH formats.

8. Claws Mail

Claws Mail email client on Linux

Claws Mail began as the development version of Sylpheed back in 2001. In 2005, it forked into a separate project. Both projects continue to exist and some design decisions are consistent between them (such as the inability to send HTML mail).

You can navigate Claws Mail entirely using your keyboard, but that’s not the only appeal for power users. Plugins are available that enable you to extend the functionality. With the right one, Claws Mail can become your calendar or RSS reader.

Between Claws Mail and Sylpheed, I find Claws to be more difficult to navigate. Plus adding an account requires you to know all of the configuration settings, as the app does not guess for you. When importing and exporting your mailbox, Claws only supports the MBOX format. On the flip side, I like that Claws allows you to easily hide the menubar. I wouldn’t say one app is inherently better than the other.

9. SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey on Linux
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Back before Firefox, Mozilla began as the steward for Netscape’s opened sourced Netscape Communicator suite, which became the Mozilla Application Suite. After Mozilla decided to break the functionality into separate apps, namely Firefox and Thunderbird, SeaMonkey was born. SeaMonkey is a community-run continuation of the Mozilla Application Suite.

SeaMonkey looks like Netscape and maintains the XUL architecture. That made SeaMonkey compatible with modified Firefox and Thunderbird extensions up until both of those projects switched over to the WebExtension format. While SeaMonkey may be a web browser and an RSS reader, it is also an email client. SeaMonkey joins Evolution and Kontact as an all-in-one personal information manager for Linux.

SeaMonkey is kept alive largely because it’s open source and people still like it. This is not an email client that is actively developed or regularly gaining new features. But if you like your email and browser bundled together, SeaMonkey is worth a look.

10. Trojitá

Trojitá emal client on Linux
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Looking for another Qt-based email client? Trojitá is an option that, like KMail, is part of the KDE community. It’s a standalone alternative designed to to be lightweight and use system resources efficiently.

You must use IMAP or SMTP to send mail with Trojitá, making it the most restrictive option on this list in that regard. But for many people, that isn’t much of an issue.

Trojitá is not the most attractive or powerful client out there, but it can run on older or under-powered computers. Fun fact: Canonical forked Trojitá to design the default email client on Ubuntu Touch. That’s proof in and of itself.

Do You Use a Linux Email Client?

Most email users don’t install a dedicated email client, on Linux or elsewhere. Webmail enables us to check email from most modern devices with a web browser. Smartphones have apps that simplify the job even further.

A colleague of mine has argued that we shouldn’t use dedicated email clients at all. What do you think?

Read the full article: The 10 Best Linux Email Clients