Now, I can read a message write the answer and send it email by using a total of two mouse clicks. I could do it with zero mouse clicks, if I had really gone teletype and occupied my entire workspace with a big, honkin' terminal window (I don't), or if I mastered the ever-shifting keystrokes that my current window manager uses to switch windows (I won't). Also I could (acrobatically) be running mutt within emacs (with term.el). I am afraid to go down that path, though, lest I meet madness there.
As things are, I am reading mail in a mutt terminal window in my left monitor, and write it in an emacs frame in my left monitor - so i need to move the mouse from one to the other (and click the frames - uhm, perhaps I'll go back to implicit focus, how's that for the good old times?).
Thunderbird keeps lurking in the bottom-most workspace for when I am not coding or somehow busy with a terminal window, or for when I really need access to a non-text attachment, which is seldom. I'll keep the VGA viewers, text-only mode and no window manager for the time when old age will make me really grumpy.
In this spirit, I am not going to insert the mandatory desktop snapshot (also: how do you snap on two monitors?) , but you can see my config (minus the color theme, that is). For the inquiring minds, I am on a Linux Fedora core 18 desktop, the mail server runs a Linux CentOS6 OS, with dovecot as mail server.
set realname="Alessandro Forghieri"
my_hdr From: Alessandro Forghieri
set use_from = yes
set envelope_from = "yes"
#I like my answers copied to inbox
bind index "^" imap-fetch-mail
alternative_order text/plain text/html
#----------------090address-book and aliases
set query_command="goobook query '%s'"
macro index,pager A "
alias alf Alessandro Forghieri
audio/*; /usr/bin/xdg-open %s
image/*; /usr/bin/xdg-open %s
application/msword; /usr/bin/xdg-open %s
application/pdf; /usr/bin/xdg-open %s
application/postscript ; /usr/bin/xdg-open %s
text/html; elinks -dump %s ; copiousoutput;
(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("/mutt" . mail-mode))
(defun my-mail-mode-hook ()
(local-set-key "\C-Xk" 'server-edit))
(add-hook 'mail-mode-hook 'my-mail-mode-hook)