I made the mistake of trying to see how well Evolution works as an e-mail client. In particular, I had wanted to see if its calendar and to-do list support and such would make it a compelling alternative to good old Mutt.

I managed to get as far as importing around 200 MB worth of e-mail spread across a dozen Maildir directories. But while moving the imported mails around to organize them better, Evolution crashed. And then would crash whenever I’d try to run it again, before anything even shows up on screen. And even better, since Evolution relies on a bunch of binary-formatted index files (or whatever those files are), there’s no way to figure out what data got corrupted and is causing the crash, let alone fix it manually.

So it only took one hour to go from brand new to completely non-operational. Not exactly the sort of reliability I want to see in an e-mail client. Needless to say, I restored my mail from a backup copy and went right back to good old reliable Mutt.

Even still, Evolution’s a far better idea than that Intelligent Design nonsense.

3 Responses

  1. wtfPWNED by a heavy load of gross punnage

  2. It’s the double-reverse fake-out. The title (probably) made you think I was going to talk about something other than GNOME‘s default e-mail client, but then the last line switches back.

    So anyway, I’m still looking for a decent personal calendar program for the GNOME environment. Evolution, naturally, is out of the running. For now I’ll make do with Mozilla Calendar, which is slow and awkward and suffers from themeitis. Judging from its screenshots, Sunbird wouldn’t be any real improvement, even if it were packaged. Those are the best two I’ve found so far, which isn’t saying much.

  3. I use Yahoo for email and a PDA for calendar and To Do list. I am sure none of those are solutions that you ant. In either case, I love the last line because seriously, “Intelligent Design”?? What were they thinking?

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