What we're waiting for is a good, solid, featureful graphical client.
Tools like pine, mutt, elm, and friends (flame me if I missed your favourite) are fine for advanced users who are happy working in a textual context.
However, they're not so fine for J. Random KDE/GNOME user, who just wants to click "get mail" and hey, get their mail.
I'm not advocating by any means any kind of transition; Evolution, for example, is not a whole heap of use if you SSH into the box where you read your mail.
It's about extending the choice of email client into the graphical userspace.
FWIW, I'm using Evolution (and have been since 0.6) to read my mail, but that's only because I use X *all the time* and it integrates nicely with my Helix GNOME desktop. If I was a console user, or had to get mail remotely, I'd be using Pine. If you're after a graphical mail program, I can recommend Evolution. Especially once it's finished. It's usable now, BTW, but is still in pre-release, so expect the odd funny.
I'm going to wager that the story keeps getting dumped because it is a steaming pile of badly formatted fool-meme. CheeseBurgerBrown