Cone stands for “console newsreader and emailer. Cone is a text-based mail client, which seamlessly handles multiple POP3, IMAP accounts, and local mail folders.
Cone is also a simple newsreader. Cone’s interface is foolproof enough to be used by inexperienced users, but it also offers advanced features for power users.
Cone handles multiple mail accounts simultaneously. Cone updates mboxes by creating a new mbox file separately, then replacing the original mbox file with the new version.
- Can use the following kinds of mail accounts:
- Local mail folders, or maildirs.
- Remote POP3 and IMAP mail server accounts.
- Experimental SMAP mail server accounts.
- Full SSL/TLS support with IMAP, POP3, NNTP, SMTP, and SMAP. SASL CRAM-MD5/CRAM-SHA1 authentication (except for NNTP).
- Built-in editor for creating messages.
- Displays HTML mail, with automatic de-moronization.
- Full UTF-8 support.
- Displays attached images, if invoked from an X terminal, by running Gnome’s eog, or KDE’s kview image viewer.
- Spell checker.
- Local and remote (IMAP or SMAP-based) addressbooks.
- Remote configuration (share a common configuration between different instances of Cone).
- Supports access to servers through a Socks 5 proxy, using the Courier Socks 5 API toolkit.
- Sends mail using an external SMTP server (with/without authentication), or the local sendmail.
- PGP/GPG based encryption, and digital signatures.
- Simple newsgroup reader.
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