Are We Not Men? We Use Evolution

Evolution 1.0, Linux's answer to Microsoft Outlook, is now available.

Released by Ximian, a company founded by major players in the GNOME

desktop efforts, Evolution aims to bring an integrated email,

scheduling, task management, and address book client to Linux.

Evolution deliberately looks and feels like an enhanced version of

Outlook. Since Outlook is highly valued in business environments

(sometimes to a surprising degree, considering all its security

issues), a Linux answer has been missing. But Evolution brings this and

more to Linux.

It can import mail from other packages, such as Netscape, Eudora,

Outlook Express, and the Unix mbox format. Through what are called

vFolders, you can save email queries to create dynamic views of your

messages, which allows you to sort your messages into multiple email

folders without having to make copies of the messages. You can also

view messages by thread, something rare among email clients. Evolution

can synchronize with your Palm handhelds as well.

Evolution supports a number of standards for email, contacts, and

scheduling, including all the standard email protocols, as well as

iCalendar and vCard.

In addition to the free Evolution, Ximian also offers Ximian Connector,

a commercial product that enables Evolution to act as a client for

Microsoft Exchange. You must pay for this product, though.

See for more on

Evolution or download it from If you

have the Ximian desktop installed, you can use the Ximian Red Carpet

software to install Evolution on your system. Red Carpet is Ximian's

automatic update agent package. If you don't have Ximian desktop

installed, you can download the files from Ximian's FTP server at

As always, the latest GNOME and KDE software includes a large list of

dependent library versions. It is usually easier to let your Linux

vendor ensure that everything works together and only upgrade when the

next version of the Linux distribution you use comes out.

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