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Old 01-19-2015, 03:43 PM   #1
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Evolution email - should I create an account?


I am considering using Evolution email so I can use a new email address.
Can anyone please say if it is safe and secure?
It would be good to know if it is popular among linux users.

Also, I would like to receive emails from other companies like Amazon or ebay. But will I then get loads of spam emails like on my current email?
Thank you in advance.
 
Old 01-19-2015, 03:49 PM   #2
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Are you talking about the Evolution email client, or some sort of email provider named "Evolution?"

If you're talking about the email client, it's as safe and secure, in theory, as any other email client, such as Thunderbird. I personally would recommend Thunderbird over Evolution.

If you are talking about an email provider, perhaps a link to their website would be useful?
 
Old 01-19-2015, 07:58 PM   #3
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Are you talking about the Evolution email client, or some sort of email provider named "Evolution?"
Sorry, I meant the Evolution email which comes bundled with the gnome desktop.

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If you're talking about the email client, it's as safe and secure, in theory, as any other email client, such as Thunderbird. I personally would recommend Thunderbird over Evolution.
Yes, Evolution would appear to be safe. It's on the GNU gpl license - so the program is being monitored by the gnome community.
Furthermore, it's not used by Windows and Mac users - making it even more secure.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolut..._Windows_ports

But I'm wondering if many people use it. It looks like it's probably mostly used by those who have the gnome desktop.

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Old 01-19-2015, 10:01 PM   #4
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I used Evolution for a while. I was not impressed. It's certainly as safe as any other email program, but, to put it tactfully, Evolution should have been put out of its misery long ago.

Most mail clients will support multiple accounts. There is no compelling reason to use a new mail client so you can have a new email address. Just create another account in your existing mail program, unless you really want to experiment with a different email client program. Your email programs help file or website should tell you how to do it.

I have run multiple accounts in Sylpheed/Claws, Kmail, Thunderbird, Opera, Seamonkey mail, and even Mutt.

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I was also not impressed with Evolution. I couldn't find a single compelling reason to use it over Thunderbird for GUI email clients.
 
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I'm not a big fan of highly integrated programs. I keep my calendar, email, and contacts separate, and use whichever one I need at the time. I once used Evolution, but I quit when I abandoned Gnome. It's as safe as any other email client, and you can use any email provider with it. It basically wants to be an Outlook clone. That said, I use Icedove, the Debian rebranded Thunderbird. IMO it's about as good as it gets for email.
 
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I have run multiple accounts in Sylpheed/Claws, Kmail, Thunderbird, Opera, Seamonkey mail, and even Mutt.
These are very good examples. I'll look into them. Thank you.
 
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I'm not a big fan of highly integrated programs. I keep my calendar, email, and contacts separate, and use whichever one I need at the time. I once used Evolution, but I quit when I abandoned Gnome. It's as safe as any other email client, and you can use any email provider with it. It basically wants to be an Outlook clone. That said, I use Icedove, the Debian rebranded Thunderbird. IMO it's about as good as it gets for email.
I already have debian installed - so I'm going to try installing Icedove. Thanks very much!
 
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Icedove is Thunderbird with the branding stripped out. It's a perfectly good email client.

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I'm not a big fan of highly integrated programs. I keep my calendar, email, and contacts separate, and use whichever one I need at the time.
The only reason I can think of to use Evolution is if you must sync with an MS Exchange server. At one time, at least, it was capable of doing that. I don't know whether is still is.

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Old 01-30-2015, 02:52 PM   #10
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It still is, AFAIK. If you have gnome installed, evolution is installed by default in most distros. It's there, so you may as well use it, I guess. I used it part-time when I had gnome, but really preferred other packages.

Yes, Icedove is Thunderbird with a different icon, just as Iceweasel is Firefox with a different icon. The functionality is exactly the same. I haven't tried Icedove with Exchange in a long time, but ISTR that it did work with the proper extensions. I could be wrong, though. I haven't needed any Exchange functionality since I retired and got out of that quagmire.
 
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As regards the SPAM do you mean from eBay and Amazon themselves? If so you should check your Amazon account settings and untick everything so that you just get order confirmations and no "special offers" and the like. I did that a while ago and they are true to their word -- no idea whether eBay are like that though. If you mean you get SPAM from third parties after using your email address on Amazon and eBay then, again, I have had no trouble with Amazon in that regard. I have started to get SPAM on my "main" email address (I have a few at the same domain as well as a couple of free webmail accounts like Google Mail) since I accidentally used the address for a loyalty card but before that I got almost no SPAM in a few years.
 
  


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