[sf-lug] evolution: bug or feature?

John Lowry johnlowry at gmail.com
Sat May 31 12:10:34 PDT 2008

jim wrote:
> many thanks for the note. 
>    evolution includes not only email but 
> calendaring and a task list feature along 
> with a contact list and a memo feature. 
My understanding is that Evolution uses the Outlook Web Access feature 
of Exchange to sync its calendering and contact information up. I am not 
sure if that has changed and they are now using the MAPI protocol that 
Outlook uses to communicate with Exchange.
>    my supposition is that all four features 
> are somehow integratable with each other 
> and also with remote devices, notably cell 
> phones but also PDAs of various types, even 
> remote (in the field) laptops, i suppose. 
>    i hate the idea of moving away from my 
> beloved text files and grep, but that's 
> what i've promised myself to do, probably 
> starting this coming week. 
>    my hope is to understand what open 
> source equivalents compare to ms exchange 
> systems, soup to nuts. i'm not happy about 
> the prospect of getting linux terminal end 
> systems working with an existing exchange 
> system. 
> On Sat, 2008-05-31 at 11:41 -0700, jason stone wrote:
>> On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 10:26 AM, jim <jim at well.com> wrote:
>>>   thanks for the vote.
>>>   i like plain old mail (CLI, works fine), but
>>> i'm trying to learn how to use evolution with
>>> my cellphone, hoping to get hip to the "we
>>> gotta have outlook" issue that seems one of the
>>> main resistance points small businesses have to
>>> switching to linux.
>>>   so far i've just gotten mail and then run
>>> off to do chores. in a couple of weeks i'll
>>> have time to try to integrate evolution features
>>> (e.g. calendar) with my phone.
>> Heya Jim
>> Hope all is well!
>> Many businesses run MS Exchange environments, more big companies than
>> small would be my guess.  The holdup for not moving workstations to
>> linux (and Macs too) is the lack of full Exchange compatibility.
>> Usually this means a full implementation of calendaring.  Email is
>> usually the lowest hanging fruit in the equation.
>> I would love to hear how your testing goes.
>> -jasonstone
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