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Poll: Do you use Evolution? If so, what do you use it for?
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Do you use Evolution? If so, what do you use it for?

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I use Evolution for everything. (Mail, Calendar, Contacts, ToDo, etc.)
I only use Evolution for mail/contacts.
I only use Evolution for calendaring.
I only use Evolution for the Tasks/ToDo list.
I use Evolution for a combination of the above, but not all.
I don't use Evolution at all.

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Old 04-05-2012, 09:36 AM   #16
SharpyWarpy
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One of the first things I do after an upgrade is remove Evolution. I use Alpine. It's efficient, fast (no matter what computer) and reliable. Everything I want in an email client. It doesn't download attachments unless you want to and I can also use it in run level 3. I've used it since 2003 when it was still called Pine. Yes, I'm an old fashioned person who likes things simple.
 
Old 04-21-2012, 12:34 PM   #17
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Like a few others who have posted, I have tried Evolution several times over the past several years. Each time I was hopeful as I set it up. Each time I was disappointed with it's quirkiness and failures in this stage or that... seldom the same failure, but always some sort of failure. Each time I resorted to what has for me been very reliable, Thunderbird. With all the problems associated with Evolution, and the apparent lack of attention to resolving them, I'm surprised that it is still included in any distribution. Surely it can't be a requirement that it be included. Surely it could be removed before release of a distribution without affecting other things, since it is so easy to remove after installing whatever distribution. I would suggest to either devote the necessary time and resources to really fix it and make it really work, or abandon it as superfluous.
 
Old 04-23-2012, 08:49 PM   #18
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If you run Gnome, you have to have Evolution, or at least parts of it, which are inextricably bound into Gnome. You can't remove all of Evolution, even though you can remove the main program, without removing Gnome.
 
Old 04-23-2012, 11:29 PM   #19
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If you like the old Gnome 2.x you can use MATE and it does not have Evolution as a dependency. I personally think this ia a great thing.
 
Old 04-29-2012, 12:14 AM   #20
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Switched to using webmail before switched from MS Windows to Linux, Evolution seems eager first to download all my email from online, at which point have exited.

When going to other rural areas away from email, considered however did NOT progress further, as nervous to leave originals with my email services.

Each time considered trying found quickly concerned more about accidental downloading of everything and leaving no copy than trying Evolution further.
 
Old 04-30-2012, 03:16 AM   #21
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Try selecting IMAP. It will leave the originals on the server. And even if you use POP, I think the default action in evolution is to just download the e-mails and leave a copy on the server.
 
Old 05-01-2012, 12:23 AM   #22
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I wished that Gnome would not be so integrated with evolution. I believe that Desktop Managers should be independant of Apps. This choice for Calendar and the incessant setup which pops up to setup Evolution really aggravates me. It makes it almost impossible to chose another Email Client and be assured that it will remain the Default.
I for one would not be upset if Evolution were not installed at all. Thanks...
Robert
 
Old 07-09-2012, 03:35 PM   #23
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@k3lt01: While I have heard a lot of good things about the MATE desktop, I have yet to try it as I am still having fun with the other GNOME-2.xx alternative; LXDE! (a.k.a. Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment)

I have been *VERY* impressed with it's feel, look and ease of operation & configuration. And, NO Evolution.

HTH.
 
Old 07-10-2012, 12:19 AM   #24
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Admit remain to nervous to try using Evolution, each time look at it (after upgraded to openSUSE 12.1) the first thing evolution wants do is set up to send and receive from email accounts.




IF sure evolution's default action was only download copy of e-mails so left originals alone (OK to mark READ) on server might be tempted to try it.


Evolution needs start up and show what is capable of well before need enter my email addresses.
 
Old 07-10-2012, 12:26 AM   #25
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Hi ShadowCat. I have an LXDE partition and yes I like it to but it isn't, in my not so humble opinion, Gnome or even Gnome like. MATE on the other hand is Gnome, meaning it is built directly off Gnome 2.32, and they have adjusted parts to make it less dependant on parts of Gnome that are in Gnome not optional.
 
Old 07-10-2012, 09:03 AM   #26
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Hi
Never use Evolution. I wished the Calendaring would not force me to keep evolution in order for it to work. As mentioned in post #24 above I really dislike being asked to set up my Email without my requesting it, smacks of Micro$. I use TB and have managed to get its calendar (lightning) working with the Gnome Date Icon on the top Panel. Still have it installed and expecting it to jump up and demand I use it at any moment, not "freedom" in my opinion. I am actually afraid to remove it for fear that it might bork something I am not aware of. Not at all happy that it is forced onto Gnome users. Prefer to choose my apps and not have the DE force me to remove something to get there.
Nuf said...

Last edited by robertdaleweir; 07-10-2012 at 09:04 AM.
 
Old 07-10-2012, 11:48 AM   #27
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To be honest, I only use browser based email clients
 
Old 08-22-2012, 05:24 AM   #28
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I'm using Evolution now, since starting using Debian Wheezy as my first real Linux install. It does feel clunky, and I have managed to duplicate an email account that does not show up in my re-install. So it has kind of made me resort to RDesktop, until I can sort out the issue.
 
Old 08-22-2012, 08:37 AM   #29
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I used Evolution for a year or so, and used it for everything - calendar, to-do, contacts and mail. I quickly came to the conclusion that Evolution is well-named: It might be fine in theory, but in practise it takes at least an age to do anything useful, and sometimes has unexpected results. To be fair I was using Blackbox at the time, so some of the slowness might have been waiting for Gnome libs to load.

Nowadays I use Gkrellm & Thunderbird for mail, paper for calendars and a dumb 'phone for contacts. Works for me.
 
  


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