Why Not Use Evolution Mail Client?
It seems to me that most people now use Web-based e-mail services ("webmail") whenever they are not using their workplace e-mail. In the rare instance where someone does want to use an actual client, it is usually because they are:
- A heavy user of e-mail, in which case the clunky interfaces and slowness of webmail is to confining and restricting. Some of the newer interfaces are better, such as Laszlomail's Flash-based interface, but even that is unbearably slow and non-customizable in comparison with an e-mail client application.
- Using multiple accounts. Many ISPs give up to five e-mail accounts to a subscriber. This enables everyone in the family to have his or her own e-mail address. It also enables the subscriber to have a personal account such as email@example.com and a second account for more formal uses such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Someone with a busy schedule, who does not have time to wait for the latest flash banner ad to load before being able to view a message.
- Someone who is still on dial-up, who wants to read e-mail messages, not wait for ads to load.
- Someone who formerly used a free webmail service such as Juno or Warmmail, where the unblockable "partner mail" fills the inbox faster than the spammers do. Note that not every free webmail service does this. I note that of the big three, Yahoo! Mail and Google's Gmail do not send such messages at all, and Microsoft Live Hotmail's rare messages are only from Microsoft's own entities.
I must admit that an interface somewhere between Yahoo! Mail's and Gmail's would be very good. Yet if you get more than a few messages, such an interface is still too slow. From waiting for the page to load (banner ads again) to not having quick access to each and every message in your inbox (you can generally view a list of 20 to 50 messages at once), a Web-based interface simply stinks is you are trying to do something. Fortunately, Gmail includes both built in instant messaging and the ability to use a (POP3) mail client.
In July, I wrote about the shortcomings of Thunderbird and Mozilla's decision to put it into a separate organization from Firefox. Despite the relatively minor annoyances, I generally use T-Bird fairly regularly.
Recently, however, I have been looking to consolidate several webmail addresses into a small number of POP or IMAP accounts that would enable me to quickly retrieve and peruse messages. The procedure for getting T-Bird to assign a different SMTP account for each POP or IMAP account begins to get on my nerves after a few times. Since my newest computer uses Ubuntu's GNOME-based desktop, the default client is Novell's Evolution.
I traditionally uninstall it and use T-Bird (or KMail) instead. I now know why.
Evolution goes out of its way to throw all of your messages into one common mailbox, which is one of the dumbest ideas I have seen in a long time. There are certain times and places for reading messages from certain contacts that forward things that are just a little too risque. That is probably not while you are getting messages from recruiters about the latest PHP opening in Orange County.
Is it possible to have seperate individual pop accounts?
This is not possible, Evolution only has one unique inbox for incoming email. Either use IMAP instead of POP or move incoming emails into different folders by setting up filters: set up a new folder and create two subfolders (for incoming and for sent mail of that account). Now set up an incoming filter (“Edit > Message Filters…”) to move incoming mail to the incoming folder by filtering on the recipient’s address and an outgoing filter to move outgoing mail to the sent folder by filtering on the sender’s address.
So let me see. A lot of people are abandoning client software because of configuration hassles. So we expect that someone who does use it should put up with extra hassles? No, it is not hard to set up filters (access to IMAP is at your ISP's discretion), but I would not expect a non-technical person to do it. Thus, Evolution is slated for replacement yet again. When someone asks me to recommend a client solution for them, Evolution will not be on the list.