1. Go to Thunderbird home page.
2. Follow links to download & install Thunderbird for your operating system.
3. After installing Thunderbird, open the program and click File > New > Account.
4. The default selection is e-mail. Click Next to continue. 5. Read the Identity screen to learn about these two fields. Insert the name you wish people to see when you send e-mail and the e-mail address to which you want replies to be sent. Then click Next.
6. Select IMAP and insert imap.canisius.edu into the text field. Then click Next.
Please note: This image shows that I have already configured Thunderbird to use smtp.canisius.edu as my outgoing mail server. If you are installing Thunderbird for the first time, this screen will have another field to fill in smtp.canisius.edu.
7. Enter your Canisius username, then click Next to continue.
8. The next screen (not shown) will give you an overview of the information you have just supplied. Read it carefully to make sure you have typed everything correctly. Click Back to go back to previous screens or Finish to end the configuration.
9. Thunderbird will try to open the new account and will prompt you for your password as needed. On those prompt screens, you may ask Thunderbird to save the password or not, as you prefer.
1. Tools / Account Settings In the server screen shown above for the IMAP settings, you may check off SSL to use a secure (encrypted) connection. In the smtp configuration dialogue shown above for the SMTP settings, you may check off TLS to use a secure (encrypted) connection.
Canisius maintains an online address book for all faculty, staff, and students. From the main Thunderbird screen, select Tools / Address Book. In the Address book, select Files / New / LDAP Directory … In the LDAP dialog, insert the following information: Name: Canisius (or whatever you prefer to call it) Hostname: ldap0.canisius.edu (that's a zero after ldap) Base DN: dc=canisius,dc=edu Port number: 636 (you may leave this blank) Check the box for “Use secure connection (SSL)”. Click OK. You should now be able to place the name of the person you want to write to in the “To:” field of a composition screen. LDAP will search for a match in the Canisius directory. You can also access the LDAP directory through Griffmail.
You can undoubtedly use the same basic information about the Canisius mail system to configure other clients to access your e-mail. I used Mulberry very happily for many years until the company went bankrupt (it's now back as open-source software, however). I'm confident that Outlook or Outlook Express can be used like Thunderbird with multiple mail accounts, RSS, and newsgroups, though I haven't used either one myself. I have tried Eudora from time to time, too; I am not familiar with the current versions. Sin bravely! The worst that can happen is that all of the computers connected to yours will catch fire and throw off photogenic streams of smoke and sparks.