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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Many Linux users have experience with Wine, the application compatibility layer which allows some Windows programs to run on UNIX-like machines. During Ubuntu's Open Week event, Mark Shuttleworth was asked about Wine, and how important he believes it is for the success of Ubuntu.
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RE: Simple answer: outlook
by lemur2 on Wed 6th May 2009 02:04 UTC in reply to "Simple answer: outlook"
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More specifically, I just need a mail client that can sync with MS Exchange (natively - not via WebDAV), with working calendar, access to shared folders, address book etc. Need to be able to create/accept meeting appointments.

Evolution is *not* there yet. Outlook on wine (via crossover linux) is far more stable than Evolution in my experience. And Evolution does not yet integrate to Exchange fully. And the fonts in Evolution are ugly (looks fine to me, but looks crap to everyone else using Outlook).

Thunderbird is a great mail client - better than Evolution or Outlook. And I can add the calendar, but the whole thing is still not integrated enough.

I don't wish to sound link I'm complaining about either product - it's just that I'm the only person using a Linux desktop full-time in an organisation of more than 1000 people. If I can't make my OS of choice cooperate in this hostile environment then my Boss will simply force me to use Windows.

Kontact should work with Exchange for email and calendars.

As you might have imagined, Exchange is the only groupware server that doesn't work fully with all groups. Still, Kontact is at least part-way to fixing it.

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jabbotts Member since:

How is Evolution? I thought it's primary goal was Outlook for *nix. It'll lack the advanced Exchange features but should provide basic access.

I also thought Exchange supported pop3 which would do mail but you loose the rest of the PIM functions.

(edit): I should add that a planned side project is to cover all my work functions with a Mandriva or Debian workstation. Outlook functions are one of the things I expect to have some difficulty with beyond basic mail access.

Edited 2009-05-06 16:45 UTC

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darknexus Member since:

Yes exchange does support POP3 but it's not enabled by default, or at least it wasn't the last time I set it up. With some IT departments you're lucky if they even know what you're talking about when you ask for POP3, and others know but basically give you the finger and tell you to either fit into their environment with your client or use Outlook. I'm not sure how Evolution's exchange support is now, as I don't need to interact with Exchange now, but I was under the impression that it was a main focus of version 2.24 and 2.26 to vastly improve its Exchange compatibility.

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