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Gmail notifiers let you know "you've got mail"

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If you are into email like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were in the movie You've Got Mail, you probably want to be warned as soon as any message enters your mailbox. If you use Gmail, you can try one of several Gmail-specific applications that let you know when new messages arrive.

KCheckGmail

I tried KCheckGmail first, a KDE-oriented application that's available in repositories for Ubuntu, Mandriva, and openSUSE, among others. If your favorite distro does not include it, check the download page or get the source code and follow the installation instructions. For non-English speakers, it's available for most European languages (including Walloon and Catalan) and some Asian languages as well, and you can help produce more translations is you are up to it.

To begin, enter your Gmail username and password in the Login tab. You can use the KDE Wallet to store them securely.

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