Open-Source Geary Email Client Gets Its First Update in a Very Long Time

Geary is a free and open-source Email client that hasn’t seen any kind of update for a very long time. Geary along with many other software was created and maintained by the Yorba foundation but after the demise of the organisation, a lot of their projects were left in limbo.

The Elementary GNU/Linux quickly announced that they have forked the Geary software but branded it with a new name (Pantheon Mail) and filed under the “Built for Elementary OS” title.

But people won’t move to a new distro just for the sake of one email client no matter how much it was loved and they were reassured that anyone can package it for other distributions.


At the start of the year, it was revealed that a fella named Michael Gratton took the initiative and did what had to  be done. Mr Gratton voluntary inherited the task of keeping Geary alive and becoming its new maintainer.

The whole business of resurrecting the software by breathing life into it was done under a GNOME project and it looks like their efforts are paying off with the first update of the software coming after a very long wait with the release of Geary v 0.11.0.


The new release brought in a lot of bug fixes and added some really nice features. Here is a rundown of what is new:

. Support for ‘Archive’ folder
. Support for is:read, is:unread, and is:starred search operators
. Fix for using multiple search operators in the same query
. Fix for images not showing in some HTML messages
. Fix empty main window when opened from notification
. Support for custom FTS3 tokeniser in SQLite 3.12+
. Consistent placement of composer ‘Detach’ button
. Network connection fixes
. Bug fixes for various crashes
. Updated app translations
. Updated documentation

The latest stable release of the Geary Email client is available for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 15.10 and 16.04 LTS the official PPA.
To add the PPA to your software resource and be able to lay your hands on the latest build of the software, run the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:geary-team/releases
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install geary

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Lamin Kanteh
Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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