mutt is not for the lazy or ignorant
mutt is not designed to suit everyone, including those without basic knowledge about the MailConcept, or those unwilling to perform configuration. mutt is even not designed for the mass of "average users", although it works well for them, too. For those who prefer a client to "just work somehow" rather than give dedicated best performance, other mail programs are probably better suited.
If you spend the little more time to set it all up properly, it will quickly pay off in your daily work. What you save with "ready-to-fire" all-in-1 tools at the beginning, you lose later compared to mutt's and its employed tools' powers. While mutt's defaults might satisfy mediocre use, to adapt it well to your personal needs you must put in effort. This includes compilation setup and run-time configuration as well as employing the proper suite of tools as necessary to add functionality a MUA is not intended to provide.
If you need MTA functionality, use an MTA. Generic MIME handling? Try mailcap. If you need encryption, use an encryption program. A mixed-use client probably won't offer as good (capable, easy to use, secure, efficient) an implementation of the desired functions as a dedicated tool.
Here you can find some reviews of other sites to help you decide whether mutt is worth the effort to get started with it. If you find some new ones, append them.
- A Man And His Mutt: http://www.melonfire.com/community/columns/trog/article.php?id=98
- Mutt: An e-mail user's best friend - Part One: http://www.linuxnovice.org/main_software.php3?VIEW=VIEW&t_id=146
- Mark Stosberg's Mutt Fan & Tip Page: http://mark.stosberg.com/Tech/mutt.html
- Tribute to mutt - a pics web page using mutt style
- Beware: pics contain nudity/ offensive material, don't look at them/ turn off images,
- just enjoy the interface at your own risk: http://dusky.sk/halbot/