unity-mail application gone?

Asked by Robert Tari on 2015-10-24


I was wondering what happened to unity-mail in 15.10? It is no longer present in the software centre, and there are no builds in the PPA either.


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Best Dmitry Shachnev (mitya57) said : #1

Yes, it is gone. For multiple reasons:

* I no longer have time to develop or maintain it.
* Thunderbird has good Unity integration nowadays (unity-mail was written when it was not the case).
* unity-mail is incompatible with Unity 8.

Cip Man (cipman-p) said : #2

Well, Unity 8 will not be part of ubuntu 16.04 so it would be nice to have unity-mail back on.
The second reason in your list above is like comparing apples with oranges. Thunderbird is a full e-mail client and, to be honest, it stinks as a notifier. Not to mention it's resource heavy (I gave up using it > 8 years ago)
Nobody can have arguments against your first reason unfortunately :)
In case you find some 25 hour days in your back pocket, please consider keeping unity-mail alive (at least an initial xenial version without further maintenance - if possible)

In the mean time we can use only two alternatives that come close and I know of:
1. mailnag - lacks a visible counter of unread emails unless you use gnome, and
2. geary - half way between client and notifier - which has a counter but works with new mail not unread mail (doesn't work with toggling read/unread, restarting geary/system etc).
Unity-mail is much better for what it is made for.


Robert Tari (robert-tari) said : #3

For Cim Man (and others):


Robert Tari (robert-tari) said : #4

Sorry for the typo in your name...

Robert Tari (robert-tari) said : #5

Thanks Dmitry Shachnev, that solved my question.

Cip Man (cipman-p) said : #6

Thank you!
I'm at home again :)