Evolution (software)

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File:Evolution mail.png
Evolution's e-mail client
File:Evolution calendar.png
Evolution's calendaring software
Developer(s) Novell & GNOME
Stable release Template:Latest stable software release/Novell Evolution
Preview release Template:Latest preview software release/Novell Evolution
Operating system Linux, Mac, Windows
Type Personal information manager
License Evolution: GNU General Public License, Anjal: GNU Lesser General Public License v2 or v3
Website gnome.org/projects/evolution/

Evolution or Novell Evolution (formerly Ximian Evolution, prior to Novell's 2003 acquisition of Ximian) is the official personal information manager and workgroup information management tool for GNOME. It combines e-mail, calendar, address book, and task list management functions. It has been an official part of GNOME since version 2.8 in September 2004. Evolution development is sponsored primarily by Novell.

Its user interface and functionality are similar to Microsoft Outlook. Features include iCalendar support, full-text indexing of all incoming mail, powerful email filters writable in Scheme,[1] and a "Search Folders" feature (i.e., saved searches that look like normal mail folders).

Evolution can be connected to all versions of Microsoft Exchange Server except Exchange 2007 using their web interfaces and an Evolution add-on formerly called Ximian Connector. Using gnome-pilot, it may be synchronized with Palm Pilot devices, and OpenSync enables it to be synchronized with mobile phones and other PDAs.

Licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Evolution is Free software.


Evolution 2

Evolution 2, which has been available since September 2004, delivers these features:[citation needed]


Anjal[2] is a new user interface which is being built on top of Evolution, targeted for mobile and small-screen devices. It uses Webkit for rendering messages.


Evolution 2.22 was released on 11 March 2008, together with GNOME 2.22 (March 2008). GNOME is the default desktop environment for several Linux distributions, most notably Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu. Foresight Linux showcases the latest releases of GNOME. Novell distributes Evolution with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 and the openSUSE community project.

Evolution 2.22 is also available as source code. Some pre-built install packages are available for other operating systems, but only for older versions.

Evolution for Mac OS X

In 2006, Novell provided an installer for Evolution on Mac OS X. This outdated version is still downloadable.[3][4]

Evolution for Windows

In January 2005, Novell's Nat Friedman announced in his blog that the company had hired Tor Lillqvist, the programmer who ported GIMP to Microsoft Windows, to do the same with Evolution.

As of Nov 11th 2009, 2.28.1-1 has been available for download from DIP Consultants, LLC. Evolution on Win32 This version runs on Windows XP and newer.[5]

Before this announcement, several projects with the same goal had been started (Evolution for Windows being the most notable), but none of them reached alpha status.

See also


  1. "Getting Really Organized with vFolders". Ximian, Inc.. http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution/doc/x2279.html. Retrieved 21 August 2007. 
  2. http://live.gnome.org/Anjal
  3. http://forge.novell.com/modules/xfcontent/downloads.php/evolution/builds/Evolution%202.6%20for%20Mac%20OS%20X%20/
  4. http://mail.gnome.org/archives/evolution-list/2006-August/msg00208.html
  5. "GetVolumePathNamesForVolumeName Function (Windows)". MSDN Library. Microsoft. 19 June 2008. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa364998(VS.85).aspx. Retrieved 30 July 2008. 

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