Ximian, Inc. has announced the availability of Evolution 1.0.
Evolution is an e-mail and personal information management
application featuring a calendar, address book, and task list built
under the GNOME desktop environment. Portions of Evolution have
been under development for over two years, dating back to
initial references by GNOME Project founder Miguel de Icaza to
'Camel,' an e-mail API he had designed in hopes of building
what was to become Evolution.
Since then, development of Evolution has unfolded very much in
the public eye, with Ximian making an initial public release of the
last June. Development also seemed slow at some points, with
many initially expecting that the software would be released in
final form by Fall of 2000. The anticipated release was then pushed
back to coincide with the release of GNOME 1.4, which occured in
Spring of 2001.
Ximian's own feature list from the press release announcing
Evolution 1.0 includes:
Powerful Email Handling: Features such as
flexible message formatting (including HTML and text format as well
as embedded images or attachments), address recognition, built-in
spell checker, automatic email indexing, user-defined filters and
multiple email account management and support for industry standard
security and encryption (PGP/GPG, SASL, SSL/TLS) give Ximian
Evolution superior email capabilities for Linux and UNIX users. The
unique vFolders let users save email searches to dynamically create
powerful, contextual views of their messages.
Flexible Calendaring and Collaboration: Ximian
Evolution lets users effortlessly create one-time, all-day or
recurring events, including on screen, email or sound reminders.
Users can schedule and confirm group meetings, even with Microsoft
Outlook and Lotus Notes users.
Integrated Information management: In addition
to robust address book and to-do list management, Ximian Evolution
seamlessly integrates each of the applications in its suite. The
Summary provides an on screen snapshot of upcoming appointments,
tasks, new email, news, weather and more. QuickSearch finds
appointments, contacts, email messages, and to-do items fast. And
built-in synchronization keeps Ximian Evolution users' calendars,
contacts and tasks up-to-date with their Palm handheld
The software is capable of handling POP3 and IMAP as well as
importing traditional UNIX mail formats such as mbox and maildir.
Evolution works with SMTP and authenticated SMTP, and can also take
advantage of secure IMAP.
Supported distributions include: Red Hat 6.2, 7.0, 7.1 and 7.2;
Mandrake 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 and 8.0; SuSE 6.4, 7.0, 7.1 and 7.2; Debian
GNU Linux 2.2; TurboLinux 6.0; Yellow Dog 1.2 and 2.0; LinuxPPC
2000 and Solaris 8.
In addition to the ability to download the software via FTP or
Ximian's Red Carpet, the company also announced users will find
the product available with its Ximian Desktop Standard Edition and
Professional Editions: shrinkwrap products of the entire Ximian
GNOME desktop environment costing $29.95 and $49.95
Ximian Connector Also Announced
Ximian also announced 'Ximian Connector' today: a proprietary
extension to Evolution still under development that the company
says will allow Evolution to communicate directly with Microsoft
Exchange 2000, tying users into existing Exchange-based systems.
The Ximian Connector will be priced at $69 per seat with discounts
or $599 for a 10 pack and $1499 for a 25 pack. The company says the
product will also ship with 90 days of web-based installation
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