Thunderbird is a free open source standalone email and news application that is supported on the Windows (95, 98, Me, 2000, XP), Mac (OS X), and Linux platforms. It is intended to be the perfect companion for Firefox, which is the open source standalone browser discussed in Chapters 1 through 8. Thunderbird includes a number of desirable features and offers numerous ways to manage your email and newsgroups in a fast, safe, and efficient manner. Figure 9-1 shows an example of what the Thunderbird program looks like after it has been installed and mail accounts have been set up.
Figure 9-1. The Thunderbird program.