Thunderbird is an email client available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It's the companion program to Mozilla Firefox. You can download it here:


  1. Load Thunderbird and click on the tools menu:
  2. Select "Account Settings"
  3. Select "Add Account"
  4. Select "Email Account"
  5. Input your Name and Email Address (either form of the latter is's a reply-to address)
  6. Select "IMAP"
  7. Input incoming server as ""
  8. Input your personal information (username is same as Unix ID)
  9. Now, back at the original box entitled "Account settings," Look at the list on the left and select "Outgoing Server"
  10. Click "Edit"
  11. For Outgoing Server use ""
  12. Select the "Use TLS" checkbox option. Make sure the port number is 25.
  13. Check the "Use Name and Password" under the Security Authentication box

Changing the placement of reply text

One annoying thing about Thunderbird is that by default it puts your cursor below the message you're replying to. Most folks like their replies at the top. To change the behavior:

  1. Go to Tools -> Account Settings...
  2. Click "Composition & Addressing"
  3. Change the drop-down box just below "Automatically quote...", and then click OK.