It looks like mutt development is starting to pickup again. For those not familiar with it, mutt is the best email client out there. Development has forked and there is a new mutt-ng project. Kyle Rankin has written up a little summary. So far, it's mostly just integration of many of the third-party patches that have been available for a while. Since the Debian package includes many of these patches already, including one of the most important, header caching, that's not too exciting.
Two of the new features included in mutt-ng are a sidebar and nntp support.
The sidebar is similar to those in most gui mail readers which shows the number
of messages in the folders in your
pager_index_lines set, mutt basically looks like a text-mode
version of the common three-pane interface in most gui clients. I'll probably
unsubscribe from the exim-users mailing list once the newsreader works since I
can just read the gmane group. Right now,
trying to read a usenet message causes a segfault unfortunately.
mutt-ng seems a bit slower too. Returning from the pager to the index takes an extra second or so.
Debian packages for sid are here:
deb http://people.debian.org/~nobse/debian/ unstable/
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