I was a user of xbiff. It worked well, though it was ugly and lacking
some functionality.

Then I briefly switched to mail-notification, which was nice, except
is has a really bad habit of marking emails that it did not see
before, as unread. It was really annoying, as, in fact, I ran
mail-notification from several computers, including a laptop, so
whenever laptop could come online, it would mark a bunch of emails as
unread, even though I read them long ago.

But I like a lot of its functionality, and wanted to know if there is
a better xbiff type program that I am overlooking. I would prefer
something like xbiff, to something that sits in the gnome panel, or at
least to have a choice of both kinds.

Is there a Mercedes-Benz style xbiff?