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New (Better?) Screenshot[edit]

I have taken a screenshot of Evolution, which I think would be better for this article than Evolution_calendar.png for several reasons:

  • It's more up-to-date (the previous shot was taken in 2005)
  • It's entirely in English, the language of the article, as opposed to German
  • It's a slightly higher resolution

I just feel the need to explain why I have changed it, for reference. Lukys (talk) 09:53, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Added more recent screenshots in my latest revisions. --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 09:26, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

Programming Languages Used[edit]

What programming languages does evolution use? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:10, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

I added to the infobox that it uses C and the GTK+ API. No need for a reference because this is obvious from an analysis of the source. --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 09:26, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

Evolution on Windows *is* developed by tml (and some others)[edit]


After looking on tml's blog, I found this article:

containing a link to this wiki page:


Evolution definitely had this functionality well ahead of Outlook, though Outlook 2003 has incorporated a similar feature called "Search Folders".

On the other hand, Search Folders (as they are most commonly referred to including in the current version of evolution) are now widespread, so this is no longer a distignuishing feature as the article maintains. However, w.r.t. Outlook Search Folders are supported only on Exchange servers, whereas Evolution will run them on any folder.

Not Scheme[edit]

Unless something has changed since I left Novell (in the last 3 years ago) - evolution's filters are NOT scheme. They are a relatively limited s-expression, 'scheme-like' mechanism, but saying it uses the Scheme language is not correct. The reference is also incorrect, and looks like it got 'upgraded' by an over-zealous technical writer at some point. (M.Zucchi - original author of the filter/vfolder mechanism) (talk) 07:34, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

I have now entirely removed mention of Scheme (or more accurately, expressions resembling Scheme) from the article. The documentation I've referenced still mentions Scheme, but in an e-mail conversation Matthew Barnes (the maintainer of Evolution) he mentioned he think it was notable enough to be mentioned. --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 09:01, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

Windows mobile compatibility[edit]

It works only with a limited number of devices, mainly iPaqs

--- Removed from the article until this can be fleshed out:

(Windows Mobile device compatibility information needed)

-- Beland 16:44, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Added all information on synchronization from the documentation. --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 09:26, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

Current Status?[edit]

Does anyone know the current status of the Evolution on Windows project? The Sourceforge mailing list has been dead for quite some time. Tor Lilliquist is apparently no longer working on the project, and I haven't seen anything from MarkyBob lately either. The current binary has several large issues that prevent many people from using it.-- 17:18, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Disappointed with past attempts to find a good PIM - except for the long lost (only 16bit) but great ECHO - I've been working my way down the Wikipedia list of PIMs. Disappointed with the clunky-ness of Chandler, I read this Wikipedia entry and was exited by the potential of Evolution. So much so that I stupidly fussed for days trying to get a smooth installation of Evolution on Win32 before I searched for others' experience. I've added a sampling of what I learned so that readers might have a more balanced sense of the evolution of Evolution. GreggEdwards (talk) 23:50, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

I've clarified in the article that all ports are dead. With two developers remaining they are not likely to be resurrected any time soon. --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 09:03, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

2003 or 2007?[edit]

This article lacks information on whether Evolution's integrated connectivity supports the 2007 Microsoft Exchange Server or only the 2003 one. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:00, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

This article should be talking of how Evolution uses Exchange server's OWA to get connected to MS Exchange. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nkamatam (talkcontribs) 09:09, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

Added relevant information to the article. --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 09:26, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

Split into frontend and backend (EDS)[edit]

I believe this article on Evolution (software) should have something added about the split into a front end (Evolution) and a backend (Evolution Data Server EDS).

Quoting from the Evolution FAQ[1]:

"By releasing Evolution 2.0 (and Evolution Data Server 1.0), Evolution has been split into the frontend (called Evolution) the user interacts with, and a backend database (called Evolution Data Server) which provides interfaces and functions for other programs to interact with Evolution."

This functionality is used i.a. in the industry intiatives for architecture on highly mobile devices, such as Maemo[2] and Moblin[3].

The functionality of the EDS is further commented in the FAQ:

"Evolution Data Server is a personal data server, not a multi-user server. It is meant specifically as the Evolution data storage daemon, it is not a replacement for Exchange or "

The page on EDS (ambigious) should preferably get a reference to Evoultion Data Server with a link to an updated version of the Evolution page here.

I've read about it and considered adding it to the article, but I didn't think it was an interesting technical detail to mention. Especially now that Maemo and Moblin are dead and there aren't any notable users of Evolution Data Server besides Evolution itself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AlexanderVanLoon (talkcontribs) 09:07, 30 January 2013 (UTC)


EspOd (talk) 05:15, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Latest changes mostly completing the article[edit]

I have worked a lot on this article for the past few days and now consider it practically finished. I've also e-mailed André Klapper (wrote the Evolution documentation) and Matthew Barnes (Evolution maintainer) about these changes and they are satisfied with it. Evolution Express was removed from the article because it is a legacy feature. I can't think of anything else which should be added. --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 09:26, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

Operating Systems[edit]

The infobox currently indicates that Evolution only works on Linux systems. In fact, it is still actively being maintained for other *nix systems such as FreeBSD, as part of their overall support for GNOME. They're admittedly behind the mark with rolling out support for GNOME 3, but progress is ongoing. In the GNOME article, the infobox indicates an Operating System of "Unix-like with X11 or Wayland". I think that would be an appropriate entry for this article too. Thoughts? (talk) 15:27, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

I changed to just "Unix-like". Don't think "X11 or Wayland" part is needed. — Dmitrij D. Czarkoff (talktrack) 17:45, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Latest version: GNOME or Evolution proper?[edit]

The latest version of Evolution is not 3.14.2 or 3.15.1 as mentioned in the infobox. The latest unstable version of Evolution is 3.13.8. The versions in the infobox and the reference correspond to the GNOME release version. This seems misleading to me. Either the numbers should be changed or a note should be added that the release numbers do not correspond to what you will see in "Help->About" under a particular GNOME version. Elizium23 (talk) 22:03, 15 February 2015 (UTC)