Ximian Announces Evolution 1.0 and Development of Proprietary MS Exchange Interoperability SoftwareDec 03, 2001, 10:07 (55 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)
By Michael Hall, Managing Editor
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 product 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:
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 respectively.
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 support.