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While I prefer Gnome Gmail which comes with some more options (but it's only for Gmail), you can now use Desktop Webmail application in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid to set your email client as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or Zoho instead of regular email clients such as Evolution or Thunderbird.

You can install Desktop Webmail in Ubuntu Lucid by simply pasting this in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install desktop-webmail

Then go to Applications > Internet > Desktop Webmail and set your web email service:

desktop webmail ubuntu 10.04

Finally, go to System > Preferences > Preferred Applications and under "Mail Reader", set Desktop Webmail:

ubuntu 10.04 preferred applications

Once you set all this up, when you'll click an email link in any browser or other applications, the preferred webmail will open in your default browser (instead of opening Evolution, etc.).