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View Poll Results: Do you use Evolution? If so, what do you use it for?
I use Evolution for everything. (Mail, Calendar, Contacts, ToDo, etc.) 2 3.08%
I only use Evolution for mail/contacts. 5 7.69%
I only use Evolution for calendaring. 0 0%
I only use Evolution for the Tasks/ToDo list. 1 1.54%
I use Evolution for a combination of the above, but not all. 6 9.23%
I don't use Evolution at all. 51 78.46%
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:00 PM   #1
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[Poll] GNOME Users: Do you actually use Evolution?

Last week I installed Sabayon, and as I logged into the system for the first time as root to finish the configuration, I was doing a bit of exploring of GNOME 3. While looking around, I noticed that Evolution is *still* a critical component to GNOME, which got me to thinking...

Now, I haven't used Evolution since I fought with it to get it to connect to M$ Exchange 5.5 and was unable to get it working, even with Novell's connector or the Brutus project. And since, historically, there have been consistent issues connecting to M$ Exchange from linux in general, it seems to me that the only combination that's proven to be a solid working solution has been Thunderbird + Lightning + Provider for M$ Exchange.

Now, I'm not saying that Evolution is a bad application! I know that as an email client and Personal Information Manager, it is a solid piece of software. But, it seems to me that it fails to cover one of the most crucial sticking points to making it a viable option in the workplace; Connecting to M$ Exchange. If you are in an office that doesn't use Exchange, you have a luxury that the rest of us wish for.

Which left me wondering; So, who *is* using Evolution nowadays? And, what are you using it for?

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Old 11-21-2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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I moved everything to GMail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Reader. As long as they're not charging me for processing and storage, I have no problem using their resources. I periodically download all my content as a backup via Google Data Liberation.
Old 11-21-2011, 07:37 PM   #3
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I used to use it for everything, then I moved to Icedove. I don't use that as much as I used to, though. Now I mostly use GMail and Google Calendar in Iceweasel. Icedove is still useful as an RSS reader, though, and that's what I mostly use it for. I'm considering Google Reader for that, though, because it's more convenient to just do everything in Iceweasel.
Old 11-25-2011, 04:42 PM   #4
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I always used Evolution, until I got a version with a bug from Fedora. Since I'd used Claws with Xfce, I switched to that in Gnome and now I don't think I'd want to go back.
Old 11-25-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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Used it for about a month some years ago but my email accounts are all web based anyway so it is no use to me.
Old 11-25-2011, 09:39 PM   #6
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I tested Evolution for several months on one box. As far as I am concerned, it define "clunky."

I normally use Opera's M3 mail client--it's been my primary mail client for at least half a decade.

Sylpheed would be my second choice, followed by Thunderbird (Icedove). I like Kmail, but won't use it because of that Akonadi thingee.
Old 11-30-2011, 08:54 PM   #7
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Every time I upgrade my Ubuntu or one of its derivatives I give Evolution a retry.

It has never been very good or even stable-- and I am guessing that many people dash back from Linux to Windoze after trying it.

If only they knew Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, or Icedove work quite well (although I note that like Firefox-- the latest iterations of Mozilla's mail apps are becoming either dated or bloated beyond usefulness).

I find that Squirrel does a great job on the go (but I use Thunderbird for most mail reading.)

I am a believer in widespread conspiracies. Linux has always been on the periphery of the mass public's eye because it has been sabotaged by "sabotware" or "shoeware" that is coded to explode. The learning curve for a truly stable Linux desktop is still intimidating for most people. I am glad I bothered with it all these years because I know what to do now.

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Old 12-01-2011, 07:28 AM   #8
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I don't have any compaints about evolution, just no need. I keep my
email in a 'cloud', and my 'dates' in a little book that says '2011'.
Old 12-01-2011, 08:39 AM   #9
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I can't imagine using Evolution as long as Thunderbird and Lightning are available. I have rarely seen an interface I liked less than Evolution's.

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Old 12-02-2011, 07:41 AM   #10
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I remove it and install Thunderbird, but the past year or so I mostly use web mail...
Old 12-04-2011, 12:13 AM   #11
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I use it at work to connect to the MS Exchange server (it does a reasonable job and it's much better than the webmail they provide). I don't use calendaring, just mail and contacts however. It is pretty bloated, however.
Old 03-26-2012, 10:39 PM   #12
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Forget it. I will never try evolution again

Sorry but I've had so much problem with evolution on various platforms that I intend to never bother with it again.
Soon after a new install I remove evolution.
I ust Thunderbird on my desktop. I use Squirrell mail for web mail when loging in from a computer that isn't mine. Also I do not like webmail at all so in order to have some security with webmail I use my own mail server configured the way I like it.
I use https only. No un secure connections at all. It's behind the little ISP's TNA with what they call a firewall. RIGHT! It does use Masquerading. I then go to yet another machine which has an acceptable firewall and also uses Masquerading. Then it has it's own firewall to be un named but acid strong.
Old 03-28-2012, 12:27 AM   #13
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No I remove it, in my Debian 6.0.4 Squeeze - GNOME 2.30.2, I have SeaMonkey, no Firefox or Totem (VLC will do better job)
Old 03-31-2012, 10:11 PM   #14
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I used it exclusively for a long time when I first started using Ubuntu. But I became increasingly frustrated at how S-L-O-W it is! If you have set up mail filters in it they seem to take an incredible amount of time to work. I haven't got a very fast internet connection as it is and downloading my email seemed to take forever. I switched to Thunderbird which absolutely runs rings around Evolution and I use that for email/contacts. I do still have some reminders set up in Evolution though, but that's all I use it for now.
Old 04-01-2012, 06:10 PM   #15
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Wow, I just noticed I'm the first one to vote for "use it for everything".
But really, ever since my switch to linux back in 2008 I was always very fond of Evolution, especially in comparison to MS Outlook. I even use it on a netbook (which is kind of problematic since it sometimes doesn't fit in the small screen).
Don't know about MS Exchange, since I never use it, but google mail, contacts and calendar integration is awesome. I am just hoping they will manage to get to-do lists syncing with google.


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