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LinuxWorld: Accepting the Theory of Ximian's Evolution

May 17, 2002, 22:00 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"It should be against the law to use POP3 for e-mail, and in anticipation of that law, I've used IMAP4 for many years. Fortunately, Evolution does more than a reasonable job of handling IMAP4 mail. My only mistake at first was to tell Evolution to scan all folders for new mail at startup. If you have as many folders and as much mail as I do, this will force Evolution to take an eternity to start. Once I disabled this option, Evolution began to start up very quickly.

"On the surface, it appears as if there's nothing spectacular about Evolution in comparison to Mozilla mail. To be fair to Mozilla Mail, if you dig deep enough, you can find most of the features you'll find in Evolution. However, I prefer the way Evolution integrates things like the advanced search features into the default graphical interface. You can search the body of messages, the subject, the subject or body, or select from a number of other combinations. It not only makes it easier to perform these sophisticated searches, it makes it plain to the user that these searches are possible. One might never discover the advanced search features of Mozilla Mail, simply because you have to search the interface before you can search your mail.

"The virtual folder feature is an especially dandy addition to the search mechanism. You can define and save a set of search criteria that will create a "view" of only the subset of messages which meet your search conditions. From that point on, all you have to do is click on the virtual folder to see the current subset of matching messages. You can create as many of these virtual folders as you like, but the number of virtual folders can begin to get overwhelming if you go overboard..."

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