I've been using Pine from the University of Washington as my email client for a long time. Pine is an acronym for Program for Internet News & Email. But Pine is no longer under development. The University of Washington has developed a successor package, Alpine, which it has released under the Apache License. When I set up a CentOS 5.1 system, I decided to install Alpine on it.
Alpine is available through RPMForge,
a repository for Linux packages in the
RPM format. To install
Alpine, I downloaded the
rpmforge-release package from
then installed it with
# rpm -Uhv rpmforge-release-0.3.6-1.el5.rf.x86_64.rpm
That placed two new files,
/etc/yum.repos.d. I installed
yum-priorities plugin as described in
RPMForge Packages and Yum Priorites and set the RPMForge
repository to a lower priority than the default CentOS repository.
I installed Alpine with
yum install alpine.
Alpine E-Mail Client Released -- Don't Call it a Comeback
By Michael Calore
December 21, 2007
Alpine Messaging System
University of Washington