If you prefer not to log in to a Remote Computing facility machine to read your campus email but do use a UNIX or Linux system to access your mail, you have several options for accessing your campus email.
Use an IMAP client
Most users on UNIX systems use an IMAP client just as they would on a Windows or Mac OS X system. Just as with a Windows or Mac OS X system, you can configure your client to use the central IMAP service and authenticate with Kerberos.
For help, see Configuring Your Email Program.
You can also use the campus webmail service from a UNIX system as you would from any other system with a web browser.
Forward your email
Some people forward their email to their own UNIX system, since UNIX systems can receive and deliver email to local accounts (if configured to do so). You can then just login to that machine and read your mail locally.
This option will only work properly if your machine is powered on and connected to Stanford's network all the time. Forwarded email cannot be restored from backup.
To forward your @stanford.edu mail to an account on such a machine, go to Stanford.You, follow the "Change settings for account" link, and scroll down to "Forward email to another address." Follow the "change" link and forward your mail to your email address on your UNIX system.
For more information about using kerberos authentication with your email, you may want to post to one of the su.computers.* newsgroups (su.computers.unix, su.computers.linux, su.computers.bsd) to reach folks familiar with your operating system. You can also submit a HelpSU request.