Mag Gam on 28 Feb 2007 14:51:36 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] Evolution vs. Thunderbird

  • From: "Mag Gam" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] Evolution vs. Thunderbird
  • Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 09:51:06 -0500
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"I was using thunderbird for interoperability between the two
but since ditching windows I've started using evolution for its gnome

Were you using Thunderbird from Linux and Windows and sharing the same configuration and email inboxes? How are you doing that? Does it save everything in a mbox type format, which is readable on any TB?

On 2/28/07, Art Alexion <> wrote:
On Tuesday 27 February 2007 21:38, K.S. Bhaskar wrote:
> I tried evolution twice and gave up both times.  The open source
> mantra is release early release often.  The evolution mantra (at least
> for me) was crash early and crash often (and yes, crash mysteriously
> at random times, and sometimes bug buddy would also crash collecting
> information about my evolution crashes).  Also, when total mail
> folders get large (tens of folders totaling hundreds of MB), it takes
> for ever to start up and shut down (it seems to insist on reading and
> touching every folder), and frequently passes the Bhaskar test for
> hanging (if I run out of patience waiting for a program to do its
> thing, it's a hang, even if it will take less than infinite time to
> complete what it is doing).
> I run thunderbird.

I, too, tried evolution and dropped it.  I found it way too big a program for
what it accomplished; it loads so many things in order to run relatively
simple tasks.  It also seemed to have that proprietary software philosophy of
knowing what you want better than you do; customizability and modularity were
not its strongest assets.

It was among the reasons I switched from Ubuntu-Gnome to Kubuntu-KDE.  With
the Ubuntu version of Gnome, there didn't seem to be a way to share calendar
and address data with my Palm Pilot unless I used the Evolution conduits,
which meant I had to use Evolution.

Art Alexion

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