If you chose a custom installation of Red Hat Linux, your system may have the KMail email client. KMail is an email tool for KDE, the K Desktop Environment. It has an intuitive graphical interface similar to Evolution that makes sending and receiving email simpler. To open KMail, click on the Main Menu => Extras => Internet => KMail.

Before you can really use KMail, you must configure it so it can send and receive mail. To run the configuration tool, select Settings from the KMail toobar, and click on Configure KMail.

The Configure Mail Client window consists of seven sections: Identity, Network, Appearance, Composer, Security, and Miscellaneous. To begin sending and receiving messages you will only have to change the settings in the Identity and Network tabs. Have your email information from your service provider or administrator handy so that you can fill in the required information to begin using KMail. For additional information, refer to the KMail user manual (Help => Contents) or visit KMail's homepage at

Figure 6-8. KMail Main Screen

Once you have your email settings configured, you can begin sending and receiving email. The folders on the left side of the KMail screen allow you to view emails you have received, emails ready to be sent, emails you have sent, and more.

To compose a mail, click on the new message icon in the tool bar:

Figure 6-9. KMail New Email Message Screen

Once you have composed a message and entered an email address to send the email to, click Send in the toolbar: