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LinuxPlanet: You Say You Want an Evolution

Jun 30, 2000, 13:29 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"...Though the GNOME desktop already has plenty of mail clients, a calendar, and an address book, a certain level of integration has been missing from the equation. Few of the mail clients, for instance, take advantage of the address book. None of the programs available offer the sort of all-in-one convenience of a Groupwise or Outlook. Evolution was designed to change this, and provide additional features along the way that may cause many non-GUI mail hold-outs to take a second look."

"...With even those outside the Linux community predicting that Linux will "kill" Microsoft in the server arena, though, the new fight is for the desktop, and the ever-elusive "typical user" migrating from "friendlier" environs wants integration (and, it's safe to admit, probably doesn't want to deal with regular expressions). Evolution will not only provide the friendly GUI, but some nice tools for processing mail that will rival (and likely surpass) most offerings in the Windows world. It's the added features and eventual polish (already showing through despite the preview's lack of completeness) that will make Evolution a hard app to beat."

"...The calendar is similar in look to the one that ships with the latest releases of GNOME, but offers more "groupware" features. At their simplest, appointments can be entered on the calendar with little more than a start time. An additional level of choices allow users to set reminder times and methods. For instance, audio and graphical reminders can be set, a program can be executed, and a mail reminder can be sent. It will also be a simple matter to set up recurrence rules for appointments, and the mechanism for doing this includes tools for setting exception dates."

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