The main criteria you should use when choosing your preferred MAIL service are:
The following is a summary of the current choices at CERN, with their corresponding association to centrally provided services.
This is the Internet-based solution. The currently recommended Unix Mail Agents matching this service are pine and Netscape.
This is the PC-based option (later to be replaced by Microsoft Exchange). It provides standard mail facilities, except that you cannot:
This again provides the standard mail functions, but you have to buy a licence (180 CHF).
Now that you know what you can expect from each service, it should be much easier for you to match your choice to your needs. Many people will fall in one of these two situations.
You are generally not directly involved in the research activities but require to use electronic mail as a means of communication with colleagues, e.g. administrative or technical support staff.
In this case your main consideration should be what you have on your desk: a PC, Macintosh, a Unix box (workstation or X-Terminal) or a Falco terminal would naturally determine your choice.
You are probably a physicist, engineer or manager involved in the research activities of the Laboratory. There are two acceptable choices.
This is the case when you use connectivity tools such as telnet from another computer elsewhere.
Appletalk is a different network protocol so QuickMail drops out, and so does MS Mail. Only the MailServer solution remains.
This is the case if you use standard telephone lines to request a connection(from your home, or your portable computer while away from CERN).
You may use QuickMail only if you have a Mac (portable or at home) and have registered on the CARA Service.
Otherwise you are left with the MailServer option.
A more detailed description of the technical differences between the various mail services can be found in the UCO Reference Card 50, ``Cross-Reference for Mail Services at CERN'', which is also available at the URL http://consult.cern.ch/writeup/refcard50