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{{i18n|Balsa}}
 
{{i18n|Balsa}}
  
Balsa is a small and light email client written by the Gnome people. As such it has tight integration with Gnome however works quite well with other desktops or window managers.
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Balsa is a small and light email client written the GNOME project. As such it has tight integration with Gnome, however works quite well with other desktops or window managers.
  
 
== Installation ==
 
== Installation ==
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Balsa launches with the normal email client setup wizard that takes you through most setup. In addition there is a preferences item on the edit menu. Configuration files can be found in ~/.balsa.
 
Balsa launches with the normal email client setup wizard that takes you through most setup. In addition there is a preferences item on the edit menu. Configuration files can be found in ~/.balsa.
  
One issue to which I found no good solution (unless you are running gnome) is configuring the browser to use when you click on a link in an email. I found no solution that works with my window manager: fluxbox.
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One issue to which I found no good solution (unless you are running GNOME) is configuring the browser to open automatically when you click on a link in an email.  
  
The following is a dreadful hack but works:
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{{Note|You will want to examine other options before using this method. It may cause breakage.}}
  
 
1) click on a link in an email and note which browser it is trying to load - in my case /usr/lib/firefox/firefox.
 
1) click on a link in an email and note which browser it is trying to load - in my case /usr/lib/firefox/firefox.
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  mkdir /usr/lib/firefox
 
  mkdir /usr/lib/firefox
  
3) Make a soft link to your preferred browser - in my case /usr/bin/chromium
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3) Make a soft link to your preferred browser.
  
 
  ln -s /usr/bin/chromium /usr/lib/firefox/firefox
 
  ln -s /usr/bin/chromium /usr/lib/firefox/firefox

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Balsa is a small and light email client written the GNOME project. As such it has tight integration with Gnome, however works quite well with other desktops or window managers.

Installation

Install the balsa package, available from the Official Repositories.

Configuration

Balsa launches with the normal email client setup wizard that takes you through most setup. In addition there is a preferences item on the edit menu. Configuration files can be found in ~/.balsa.

One issue to which I found no good solution (unless you are running GNOME) is configuring the browser to open automatically when you click on a link in an email.


Note: You will want to examine other options before using this method. It may cause breakage.

1) click on a link in an email and note which browser it is trying to load - in my case /usr/lib/firefox/firefox.

2) Check how much of that path exists and create what is missing. I had to create /usr/lib/firefox

mkdir /usr/lib/firefox

3) Make a soft link to your preferred browser.

ln -s /usr/bin/chromium /usr/lib/firefox/firefox