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I would love a Linux version of this. It is the best mail application I have ever used.
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Dave Landfried

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Jeffrey Needle

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Seconded!  Very much needed.
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Joseph Paul

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I will pay for a linux port.
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ama

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I would very much like a Linux version too. With the latest developments on .Net Core which is available for Linux, there might be a chance that a native Linux version will not be that much of a hurdle to release?
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Bart Schelstraete

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same over here!
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jerome

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Hi, I do have a lifetime license, but since I've moved to linux, I am not using emclient, which is the best email client I've seen for years. I would really appreciate a native linux app, or at least a script to use it with playonlinux or Wine... any ideas how to work again with emclient and linux ? 
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Danny Barron

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Ditto, just found a distro that I really like (Solus), and wish I could use EmClient with it.
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Gary Curtin

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So many favourable comments but hardly any votes. ;-(
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Jeffrey Needle

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I'm encouraged that there's renewed interest here.  I really think that emclient can be very big in the Linux world -- barely any competition.
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Gary Curtin

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Right behind you Jeffrey. I have said it before on this forum, and will say it again; I will go back to Linux tomorrow if eM Client was ported. :-)
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Jeffrey Needle

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I'm guessing they don't think there will be a sufficient number of users to justify it.  I really believe it will be quite popular.  There's always a lack of usable and operable email clients in Linux. I've been Linux-only for many years; MS$ is just too unpredictable in the ways they'll discover to mess up Windows.  I've long wondered why they just didn't stay with Windows 7 --- the last usable version of Windows, IMO -- and just keep it updated.  It's all about money, I fear.
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Bart Schelstraete

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If there was a linux version, we would buy it. For windows there are enough  clients, not for linux. Also, now that chromebook will support linux apps, it's also a possibility to run emclient on chromebook, which will open another new market for emclient.
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Bart Schelstraete

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btw, because of the lack of linux version, I am now using Hiri mail client
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Gary Curtin

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Hi Bart. I was thinking the same thing when I read Google's announcement recently.
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GuiltyNL

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Linux support would be awesome!
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Gary Curtin

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It actually runs quite well on CrossOver as long as you don't need to minimize; then it regularly hangs. Another option is installing it on traditional Wine, which is a nightmare on amd64 because of the .NET dependency that eM Client has. I went through every recent release from MS and could not find one that would run properly on 64 bit architecture. So I tried it on an i386 installation and it worked quite well.

But an actual Linux application would be excellent, though that is unlikely to happen. ;-(
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GuiltyNL

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I know that, but in our corporate environment I don't want Crossover or Wine solutions. Neither I want any issues users don't understand :D
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ama

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I would once again refer to .Net Core which is now version 2.1 and supports a lot of functions and mainly is cross-platform by design.
I would hope that EMClient could be refactored using only .Net Core assemblies and with that it would run on Linux and could be maintained in one build.
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Alex Coc

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Linux pleaseeeeeee
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Pepe Pedro

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Linux !!!!! Please
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jackdinn

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I did buy a license when i still used windows but i stopped using M$ years ago now. Would really love to be able to actually use what i paid for.... get this working on linux please (linux IS the future), cheers.
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I would think that since they now have a mac version, a Linux port would not be too difficult.
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Wolga

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I was thinking the same thing.
Since macOS is a flavor of Linux, what is the hold up on releasing a Linux version?

I paid for 2 users' lifetime licenses.
People have been asking for a Linux version for 8 years.

I use Windows and Linux. I'm on a laptop right now using Peppermint Linux. It sure would be nice to have eM Client installed.

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Yes, it seems that Linux is the future as Jackdinn said above. I spend about half my day on Ubuntu, so it must be true. ;-)

With Microsoft investing heavily in that platform (both Edge and the Defender API will be available on Linux this year) seems they might know something. Maybe other software vendors should pay attention to the Redmond boys.
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macOS is not a flavour of Linux. It's an openBSD derivat. Both are, with a lot of good will, some sort of UNIX - but that won't give automatically a proper Linux client.
There would be a lot of adaptions to realise a Linux version for about 1,5% percent of world wide pc users. That's unfortunately not a good market situation for a commercial driven organisation which is on to get real life customers.
The example of Microsoft is not given the fact that Linux got more popular, either that more developers (which are not real life customers) are working with Linux and Microsoft want to catch them. Not you, not me!

I totally whish the Linux version would be an option for us. I miss the comfort of EM in my Linux environment but I strongly guess this won't anytime soon (which means in the next 8 to 15 years).
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It is very difficult to determine the exact market share. Here in the UK, some figures that are available show that if you look at school age users, there is something like 70% of them are using Chrome OS, which really is just a Linux flavor. So as a generational thing, when we look to the future, we see that there is a major change happening. I wonder what it will be like in 5 years?

But also with yesterday's last support day for Windows 7, the Linux community may just start expanding at a larger rate than before. You can run a modern Linux distro on the same older hardware that you had for Windows 7, but which will be fully supported with regular security patches and updates. And it's free!!
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Linux support would be awesome
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DerDanilo

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I know for a fact that there are many people using Linux that would jump emClient if implemented properly since there is not much out there that has as many features as emClient.
The best thing is that PGP and encryption "just works" without the need for any additional software.

Please make it happen.
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Gary Curtin

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I am not such a fan of the PGP implementation in eM Client. There is no way to verify or set the trust level of certificates, so eM Client just assumes they are all trusted and all valid.  I could send you a bogus certificate and eM Client will just accept it. Defeats the purpose don't you think?

Now on Linux, using the built-in PGP support and using an email client like Evolution, PGP is on a whole higher level.
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You are right, it should be improved. But for now it allows to sign outgoing e-mails which is what most of my clients need. Encrypted messages or information is beeing send otherwise. PGP is not safe enough for this anyways.

@emClient Team - When can we expect a proper PGP upgrade?

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em client in the Linux world would also bring me back to linux.

As others have already mentioned here, there is no usable Outlook alternative in the Linux world. eM Client would be the first!

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Jeffrey Needle

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There are Evolution and Thunderbird, but they have their drawbacks.  em Client for Linux?  Yes!!!

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Guðjón Jónsson

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Please make it happen!
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Gordon Lawson

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Now emClient is available for Mac, shouldn''t it be a (relatively) easy process to create a Linux version? I'd buy it in a heartbeat if it ran natively on Linux. Please do it!
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it's for sure that they just don't care about the customers
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jerome

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Hi,

message to dev team, as you are the best people to have information, could you tell us if  :

- you have already talked about a native App for linux ? 
- if there is any plan to do it ? 
- and if there's one, an Estimated date ? 

rgds.
J.
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jackdinn

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Are you switching to macOS but already have a license?

no, but i did switch all my machines over to linux years ago and i do still have a license ?
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Jeffrey Needle

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Amen, amen, amen.  Linux, please!!!!
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I agree, it would be fantastic to see a Linux version. 

I have a Windows computer with a paid Office 365 home subscription, and I still choose to use the free Em Client version instead.  I also have a Linux desktop (Ubuntu Studio for those who wonder), and if there was an Em Client Linux version I'd then easily be able to justify paying for a license.  The Linux software scene does not have very many truly polished, fully-featured GUI mail clients.  I've tried many of the most popular, and they all seem to lack specific features that turn me away from them.  The introduction of Em Client into the Linux ecosystem would be, in my opinion, a breath of fresh air.

If you haven't already (Em Team), please take a bit of time to do some research, and even simple Google searches will show that the question of "what is the best Linux email client" is still one of the most asked questions in the Linux forums today - and the reason for this is because there really isn't a "best" one... yet.
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I would buy the Linux version in a flash. It would be the most business friendly email suite on Linux IMHO. How difficult would it be to create an appimage? Perhaps someone with programming skills could answer or provide insight. We could do a gofundme to have the development cost covered.
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I think Gnome needs a lot of work.  For my preferences, Gnome frustrates me.  Why can't I set the screen blanking for more than 15 minutes?  Why can't I display the year at the top of the screen?  And why do I need Tweaks?  Can't these be included in the settings panel?  And so and and so forth.  Anyway, thanks for the thoughts.
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As with Linux, almost anything can be changed. For the screen to blank after 30 minutes, use $ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.session idle-delay 1800.  So you can set that to whatever you want.

Look at GNOME extensions (Clock Override) for the date format. You can even have emoji clocks if that is your thing.

Etc.

Bit off topic. ;-(
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Jeffrey Needle

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Many thanks!
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It would be nice if the EMClient dev team would run a go fund me for the Linux version. Then we could see if there is enough support and need for developping it.
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ama

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It would be nice if the EMClient dev team would run a go fund me for the Linux version. Then we could see if there is enough support and need for developping it.
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I would buy it. I have tried mailspring, hiri, thunderbird, and more. They all have issues or developers have quit. This is a great email client and on linux you wouldn't have much competition.
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Bart Schelstraete

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I find mailspring a perfect replacement.
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Mailspring doesn't support Exchange. Hiri supports it, but it is dead - no development in maybe 2 years now. Evolution plugin is kind of working, but slow and opinionated. For the lack of clients, I've been relying on the web client lately - at least MS added notification support.

So yeah - I will also buy a good Exchange supporting mail client, as currently there are two, but not one good in Linux.
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I got mailspring working with exchange using imap and smtp but I didn't like having to login to mailspring and the email tracking. Felt like they were a bit too much in my business. Also when I was renaming and moving some folders around it got buggy and started locking up. Development has dropped of considerably and they have almost 900 issues. Bummer because I like the interface, shortcuts, and it is quick.

I spent a bunch of time learning wine this afternoon and got em client working on linux. Auto config of the email account wouldn't work and took me a long time to get the account setup, but now it seems pretty good. I have only been working on it for an hour or two now so we will see if I run into other issues.
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Jeffrey Needle

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How did you get around the need for some Windows dependencies?  This has always been the issue for me.
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I would be interested in a tutorial =)

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Best client I've used. I would love to see this on Linux. Just voted.