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LinuxWorld: The Outlook on Evolution & Aethera

Sep 07, 2001, 15:19 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

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"In its current state, Aethera is the antithesis of Evolution. Unlike Evolution, Aethera not only promises to deliver the functions of Outlook, but to fulfill the Outlook user's need for meaningless glitz at every level. To be perfectly fair, I couldn't find a feature to specify a default message display font in Aethera, and I didn't even see a feature that lets you view raw header text. I did notice there is an option to set the default font for composing messages. Nevertheless, if you download it and try it for yourself, I guarantee you'll get the impression Aethera will be much more user-friendly than Evolution.

Here's the problem. Whatever features Aethera may have or promise to have, I'm still trying to find one that works. I looked at the source code and found many of the promised features are in there. Aethera claims to support IMAP4, and I can vouch for the fact IMAP4 code exists in the program. Aethera let me define an IMAP4 account. I even found the section of code where it figures out when to launch a thread that logs in to the IMAP4 server. The code that actually logs you into your IMAP4 server seems to be AWOL, but the place where it's supposed to happen is right there.

Of course, I haven't studied the code carefully, so I don't know for certain if the programmers missed that minor detail or if I misinterpreted the way the program is structured. But it would certainly explain why I couldn?t get Aethera to retrieve my mail. What it doesn't explain is why nothing else seems to work, either."

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