[SOLVED] First Post : Q. How to Install Evolution on KDE Plasma, Slack 14.2 64-bit
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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