[Poll] GNOME Users: Do you actually use Evolution?
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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.
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.
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.
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...
@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.
Distribution: Debian Wheezy, Jessie, Sid/Experimental, playing with LFS.
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.
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.
Last edited by robertdaleweir; 07-10-2012 at 09:04 AM.
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.
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.