The Bottom Line
Balsa is a nice and easy to use Gnome email client with strong aspects (ease of use, security), but also weak spots (no global search, some text reflow problems).
- Balsa comes with a powerful plain text editor
- Combining features with security, Balsa supports many standards and integrates well with Gnome
- Balsa is easy and comfortable to use
- Balsa's message editor lacks support for rich-text HTML email and has some text reflow problems
- No spam filter is integrated with Balsa
- Balsa doesn't offer message templates and labels
- Balsa manages multiple POP and IMAP email accounts.
- Locally, Balsa supports mbox, mh and maildir mailbox formats.
- Balsa integrates with Gnome to support all kinds of attachments and message formats smoothly.
- You can have Balsa deliver mail through remote SMTP servers or local sendmail.
- Balsa offers flexible message filters to automatically sort mail, print it or preform other actions.
- Support for OpenPGP email cryptography provides secure and authenticated messaging.
- Balsa supports Linux/BSD/Unix and requires Gnome 2.