[Poll] GNOME Users: Do you actually use Evolution?
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[Poll] GNOME Users: Do you actually use Evolution?
Last week I installed Sabayon, and as I logged into the system for the first time as root to finish the configuration, I was doing a bit of exploring of GNOME 3. While looking around, I noticed that Evolution is *still* a critical component to GNOME, which got me to thinking...
Now, I haven't used Evolution since I fought with it to get it to connect to M$ Exchange 5.5 and was unable to get it working, even with Novell's connector or the Brutus project. And since, historically, there have been consistent issues connecting to M$ Exchange from linux in general, it seems to me that the only combination that's proven to be a solid working solution has been Thunderbird + Lightning + Provider for M$ Exchange.
Now, I'm not saying that Evolution is a bad application! I know that as an email client and Personal Information Manager, it is a solid piece of software. But, it seems to me that it fails to cover one of the most crucial sticking points to making it a viable option in the workplace; Connecting to M$ Exchange. If you are in an office that doesn't use Exchange, you have a luxury that the rest of us wish for.
Which left me wondering; So, who *is* using Evolution nowadays? And, what are you using it for?
Last edited by ShadowCat8; 11-21-2011 at 03:12 PM.
Reason: Props to Evolution devs.
I moved everything to GMail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Reader. As long as they're not charging me for processing and storage, I have no problem using their resources. I periodically download all my content as a backup via Google Data Liberation.
I used to use it for everything, then I moved to Icedove. I don't use that as much as I used to, though. Now I mostly use GMail and Google Calendar in Iceweasel. Icedove is still useful as an RSS reader, though, and that's what I mostly use it for. I'm considering Google Reader for that, though, because it's more convenient to just do everything in Iceweasel.
Every time I upgrade my Ubuntu or one of its derivatives I give Evolution a retry.
It has never been very good or even stable-- and I am guessing that many people dash back from Linux to Windoze after trying it.
If only they knew Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, or Icedove work quite well (although I note that like Firefox-- the latest iterations of Mozilla's mail apps are becoming either dated or bloated beyond usefulness).
I find that Squirrel does a great job on the go (but I use Thunderbird for most mail reading.)
I am a believer in widespread conspiracies. Linux has always been on the periphery of the mass public's eye because it has been sabotaged by "sabotware" or "shoeware" that is coded to explode. The learning curve for a truly stable Linux desktop is still intimidating for most people. I am glad I bothered with it all these years because I know what to do now.
Last edited by alabamarasta; 11-30-2011 at 08:01 PM.
Reason: edit grammar add thought
I use it at work to connect to the MS Exchange server (it does a reasonable job and it's much better than the webmail they provide). I don't use calendaring, just mail and contacts however. It is pretty bloated, however.
Sorry but I've had so much problem with evolution on various platforms that I intend to never bother with it again.
Soon after a new install I remove evolution.
I ust Thunderbird on my desktop. I use Squirrell mail for web mail when loging in from a computer that isn't mine. Also I do not like webmail at all so in order to have some security with webmail I use my own mail server configured the way I like it.
I use https only. No un secure connections at all. It's behind the little ISP's TNA with what they call a firewall. RIGHT! It does use Masquerading. I then go to yet another machine which has an acceptable firewall and also uses Masquerading. Then it has it's own firewall to be un named but acid strong.
I used it exclusively for a long time when I first started using Ubuntu. But I became increasingly frustrated at how S-L-O-W it is! If you have set up mail filters in it they seem to take an incredible amount of time to work. I haven't got a very fast internet connection as it is and downloading my email seemed to take forever. I switched to Thunderbird which absolutely runs rings around Evolution and I use that for email/contacts. I do still have some reminders set up in Evolution though, but that's all I use it for now.
Wow, I just noticed I'm the first one to vote for "use it for everything".
But really, ever since my switch to linux back in 2008 I was always very fond of Evolution, especially in comparison to MS Outlook. I even use it on a netbook (which is kind of problematic since it sometimes doesn't fit in the small screen).
Don't know about MS Exchange, since I never use it, but google mail, contacts and calendar integration is awesome. I am just hoping they will manage to get to-do lists syncing with google.