Open gmail as default app for links and for Nautilus ”send to” – Debian squeeze


Gnome Gmail is software which adds support for Gmail to the Linux Gnome Desktop. It allows Gmail to be selected as the default mail application for the desktop. Unlike other solutions on the net, Gnome Gmail supports ”To:”, ”Subject:”, ”body”, ”CC:”, and ”BCC: fields, and is available in deb and rpm format.

Gnome Gmail supports ”Send to…” from Nautilus. You can send file attachments automatically.

The latest version supports Google Apps accounts.

Download and Installation

Gnome Gmail is included many distributions, or you can download it here. Download the appropriate package for your system, and double-click to install. Ubuntu Oneiric users should download the version from this site.

When you first run Gnome Gmail, under Applications -> Internet, it will offer to become your Preferred Mail client. Or go to System -> Preferences ->Preferred Applications, and select Gmail as the preferred Mail Reader. For GNOME 3, Preferred Applications are set in the System Info utility.

From Firefox, select ”Send Link…” to demonstrate. The page link will open in a Gmail browser window.

From the Nautilus File Browser, right-click on a file and select ”Send To…”. Select ”Send as: Email”, enter a destination email address and click Send. Gnome Gmail will prompt for your Gmail user name and password, then will upload the message to your Gmail ”Drafts” folder. Select the messsage, and click ”Send”.

From LibreOffice or OpenOffice, select File -> Send -> Document as Email…
.. and so on

To use Gnome Gmail with a Google Apps account, select the ”Configure” option from the Send File login dialog, or edit the /apps/gnome-gmail entries in the command-line ’gconf-editor’ application.

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