I’ve been using Mozilla Thunderbird for years now and found it the best email client available. Well, at least from the ones I knew. And Incredimail isn’t such a good competitor. 😉
But I did miss something. Some things just didn’t go really smooth and I wanted to integrate it more with GNOME. Of course, when you mention integration with GNOME, you almost automatically get Evolution.
Although I do think that the fixed integration of just one email client is bad, I do like it. Because everyone is meant for being used with Evolution I’m discovering more and more features! I’m finally using the sync function of my Palm Z22, now I’ve got my calendar, task list, address book and memos all in Evolution and my Palm!
Mail is easier to search through, so I decided, mad as I am, to keep ALL emails I get and put them in one big directory called Archief(Dutch for Archive). When I need something of a particular subject I can use search directories.
Another good thing is threading. I know don’t have to look for all the other emails from the discussion to get the whole picture, they’re all grouped!
I did face a problem though. Because Thunderbird doesn’t support export functionality(and the plugin I found worked really bad(read:not)) and Evolution can’t import directly from Thunderbird I had to find another way. Luckily there is IRC and when I asked at #inquisition @ freenode for help Miraculix gave me this link: How-To: Import Thunderbird Emails to Evolution.
I did have to import all folders manually, but at the end I got all my mails! This trouble was only needed for my @qense.nl address. My GMail account supports IMAP, so after I entered my credentials I had access to all my emails again.
I think I’m going to like Evolution! I’ve already removed Thunderbird, so I can’t accidentally open it and receive all new emails in the Thunderbird mailbox, resulting in a horrible mail spreading.
Please let me know if you’ve got an awesome Evolution hack or found a great feature!