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Old 11-12-2016, 04:27 PM   #1
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Question First Post : Q. How to Install Evolution on KDE Plasma, Slack 14.2 64-bit


I'm very much a Noobie with modern Linux distros.

Background: SysAdmin for a Regulus 68000 Sanderson box & a Xenix 386 system in Lanzarote about a million years ago in 1991, I had Slackware back in 2001 and had NT4 Server with Exchange Server at home with Evolution as my Mail Client on Slack with KDE also using Samba to get at NTFS & FAT32 over my home network.

I used to be a Clipper, VB3 & VBA developer in the 90's but have got PPMS now so everything is done at snail's pace these days.

Nearly 16 years later, being still on XP SP3, plumped for Slack 14.2 64-bit and would like to run Evolution on KDE as a replacement for Outlook 2002.

I am completely at sea as it's taken me 3 weeks to get the Meecie under control and to get acquainted with the KDE Plasma environment after over 15 years in the wilderness.

Anyway, now you have a bit of background, please cut me some Slack (pun intentional! :-) ).

Things are so basic that I'm having a hard time getting Opera & Evolution installed as Windoze spoiled me with Setup.exe files.

First question: please help me with very detailed instructions on getting Evolution installed to run on Slack-64 with KDE plus any gotchas.
 
Old 11-12-2016, 06:56 PM   #2
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Hi:

Evolution may already be installed and all you need to do is set it up.

Open your cmdline terminal and type:
Code:
evolution
If it's installed the application should launch:-
 
Old 11-13-2016, 02:12 PM   #3
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Evolution is not packaged with Slack 14.2 64-bit. Had a good search on the i/net but haven't found a precompiled package I can just install into Slack-64 running KDE.

Is there a URL where I can just download it and install without having to faff with compilers & make files.

If Evolution is not possible or just too hard to do for KDE on Slack-64, are there any other Mail programs that can import emails, etc from .PST files.

Many thanks.
 
Old 11-13-2016, 08:49 PM   #4
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Is there a URL where I can just download it and install without having to faff with compilers & make files.
You can download evolution here but I don't think you will be able to get away with having to not deal with compiling it and running the make and make install commands.
Evolution is Gnome based anyway. I'm not so sure Gnome and KDE would play nice together.
https://projects-old.gnome.org/evolution/download.shtml

-::-You could give Thunderbird a try.-::-

It's fairly easy to set up-
http://i1052.photobucket.com/albums/...3_20-57-07.png

When I did a fresh install of Slackware Thunderbird was in the first update that I ran.
I'd be very surprised if Thunderbird isn't installed on your Slack install.

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Old 11-13-2016, 09:12 PM   #5
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If all the dependencies are installed, it should work just fine, but it's theme won't blend in, if such things bother you.

You are probably going to have to install quite a few dependencies, though. There is a Dropline Gnome release candidate for 14.2 that includes Evolution. You could install it and just use Evolution (you would not have to run Gnome to use Evoltion, so long as the dependencies are present).

I got fed up with Gnome a long time ago, but I used to use Dropline Gnome from time to time and it worked okay.
 
Old 11-14-2016, 12:35 AM   #6
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If the gnome desktop is available for your distro, then you should be able to install the gnome support files so KDE will run gnome programs. IF not, then it's doubtful whether evolution will ever work.
 
Old 11-16-2016, 02:21 PM   #7
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I think it'd be a smarter move to use Gnome 3.2 instead of KDE to run Evolution.

Is Gnome 3.20 out as a full release now. Have downloaded it |& Evoluton is there as an easy life is always nicer than tough things for a born-again Noobie.

If any issues, I'd be happy to be warned.

Thanks for your inputs thus far.

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Old 11-16-2016, 05:35 PM   #8
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The Evolution Linux Project
 
Old 11-16-2016, 07:52 PM   #9
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https://slackbuilds.org/result/?search=gnome&sv=14.2
 
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Hello and welcome to LQ.
 
Old 11-17-2016, 09:05 PM   #11
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I think it'd be a smarter move to use Gnome 3.2 instead of KDE to run Evolution.

Is Gnome 3.20 out as a full release now. Have downloaded it |& Evoluton is there as an easy life is always nicer than tough things for a born-again Noobie.

If any issues, I'd be happy to be warned.

Thanks for your inputs thus far.
The only issue I had with Gnome was the tweak tool didn't have enough options to suit me and on one of the distro's I installed the tweak tool didn't work at all.

Since than I have not been very fond of Gnome at all and I would not install it on my Slackware box unless it was the last DE in existence.

https://help.gnome.org/admin/gdm/sta...ooting.html.en
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/...E#Known_Issues
 
Old 11-17-2016, 09:09 PM   #12
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... and he just took GNOME out of SLack lol
 
Old 11-18-2016, 06:46 PM   #13
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Smile Easy Peasy after all

Installed Gnome 3.20 & let its install script run. Was a little concerned when I noticed a fair number of deletions and replacements but let it finish as I would put version checking in my programs back in the day.

Defaulted to GNOME as Window Mgr which I immediately switched back to KDE after a 30 second look at Gnome thinking that it's not for me.

KDE still OK but 25 minutes isn't really an exhaustive test.

Tried to run Evolution from a 'bash' prompt and following a chuggety-chug-chug it was VOILA!!

Checked basic function by setting up my Gmail as an IMAP for now. Looks different to how I remember from 15 years ago but I still like it.

Thanks to all for your pointers.

Last edited by SimonDevine; 11-18-2016 at 07:02 PM. Reason: Spelling correction
 
Old 11-18-2016, 07:48 PM   #14
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Congrads! SimonDevine

Does Evolution work for you now?
 
Old 11-18-2016, 07:53 PM   #15
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Early days yet, but seems OK after a quick look. Anything cropping up will of course be reported here with as much info as I can gather.

Next up is Skype after getting everything from Outlook's 1.3GB .pst file and getting my Google Calendar into a Widget on Le Desktop.

Keeps me busy!!.....

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