Below you find a short summary of significant differences between available Hamster versions:
Hamster Classic (H-Cl) is the most widespread version with a large user base, so you have a good chance when looking for urgent help or additional tools and scripts.
Hamster Playground (H-Pg) has a much smaller user base compared to H-Cl, so it might take longer to get support and the number of available tools and scripts is limited.
Hamster-Fr (H-Fr) is widely used by french speaking users. It is based on H-Cl, so if not mentioned otherwise, most H-Cl descriptions likely apply to it as well.
Like HFr, Hamster-Ys (H-Ys) is used by french users. It is based on H-Pg, so if not mentioned otherwise, most H-Pg descriptions likely apply to it as well.
H-Cl: Enduring development by multiple developers.
H-Pg: Enduring development by single developer but limited to bug fixes and minor or "could not resist" enhancements.
H-Cl: Optimized to run as an interactive application, so it has a rich and comfortable GUI.
H-Pg: Optimized to run as an invisible and unattended system service, so the attached GUI is largely limited to do configuration and to start tasks.
H-Cl: Available in multiple languages out of the box (e. g. English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, ...).
H-Pg: Only available in English.
H-Cl: IMAP server available.
H-Pg: Not available.
H-Cl: Not integrated, but script based solution available.
H-Pg: Integrated support.
H-Cl: By filter file or by event based scripts/programs.
H-Pg: Similar to H-Cl, additional GUI based, global filters.
H-Cl: By recipient assignments, script options or filter file.
H-Pg: Like H-Cl, additional automatic distribution and domain based "catch all/rest" accounts.
H-Cl: Forward to local account and remote recipient by alias list.
H-Pg: Forward to local account, remote recipient and distribution list by account settings.
H-Cl: GUI to review and deal with ignored mail messages.
H-Pg: Fetched mails can also be left on server for a given
number of days.
H-Pg: Option to backup info about filtered mail messages in a "junk" account.
H-Pg: Daily summary of filtered mails ("spam report").
H-Pg: Global mail filters can also be activated for SMTP server.
H-Pg: Available (Vr. 1.24 or later)
H-Cl: Not supported but comfortable dialog for subscription handling.
H-Pg: Supported (newsreader will get a full list of all groups available on any server; automated subscribe/unsubscribe by observing actual newsgroup access).
H-Cl: GUI to review and deal with filtered news messages.
H-Pg: Maximum size of newsgroup files doubled to 4 GB.
H-Cl: Limited support, e. g. to start prepared scripts.
H-Pg: Fully supported (server and GUI in separate programs connected by TCP/IP).
H-Cl: Not available.
H-Cl: By script commands.
H-Pg: Like H-Cl, additional GUI based scheduler.
H-Cl: Widely configurable status line.
H-Pg: Various HTML reports (disk usage, mail filters etc.).
H-Cl: Fully supported.
H-Pg: Limited to access remote servers.
H-Cl: No built-in support but can be run as a system service with additional tool.
H-Pg: Can both be run as an application and as a native system service.
H-Pg: Not available.
H-Pg: Integrated SOCKS support to establish router connections.
H-Pg: Servers can be bound to mulitple IPs.
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