Re: [Evolution] Looking for a way to bridge the Outlook/Evolutiuon gap

Nice ideas.
I'm in the same boat. But I don't use a Palm. I have a PocketPC. So palm/sync is out of the question. I've asked this on the GENTOO forums and gotten a rather interesting set of non-answers. My only thought would be to run a hybrid set of applications.

1) Fetchmail (or something like it) to pull data from the Exchange server using IMAP. 2) ???? (or something like it) to convert Tasks/Calendar/Contact information into iCal or vCal for Evo 3) MailSync (or or asis something like it) to synchronize the lot with Exchange using IMAP.
4) spamd/spamc to clean out the SPAM.

Having read a tiny bit about it here, I'd like to pull the information back and populate the "Local Folders" in Evo using a MailDir rather than having a separate mail folder hierarchy for each of my mail systems (i.e. IMAP for Exchange, Pop mail for my personal account, etc...).

If you come across some beast like that... let me know!


Mark Phillips wrote:

I am looking for a way to better manage and share my email/contacts/calendar between Windows and Linux clients, so I thought someone out there may be able to help.

I currently use MS Outlook when I am running Windows and Evolution when I boot up Linux (I have a dual boot machine). I can synchronize my calendar, contact list, and to-do list by using my Palm Pilot, but I occasionally get duplicate entries that I have to manually remove from all three repositories. However, I cannot find a way to synchronize my email folders, and I have to delete each email twice – once from Outlook and once from Evolution.

I have been thinking that I could setup a mail server/PIM on a separate machine that would download my email from my different accounts, and also house my calendar/contacts/to-do list. I could then use Outlook or Evolution as a client to view/update everything. An added bonus would be the ability to access this machine from the road via a web browser. I currently have a Pentium laptop running Linux as a small web server, so I would like to use this to solve this problem as well. I just don’t know what software to put on the machine to solve this problem (or if it is even possible to solve this problem).

Here is my wish list. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

   1. Linux based PIM that contains all my email
      folders/contacts/calendar/to-do list. It downloads email from
      various accounts and kills spam with Spam Assassin.
   2. I can access the PIM data from Outlook or Evolution. The
      calendar/to-do list/contacts are synchronized between Outlook
      and Evolution. That is to say, Outlook and Evolution get my PIM
      data from the Linux PIM when I start them. If I add an entry in
      Evolution, the Linux PIM is updated so that entry appears in
      Outlook the next time I start Outlook.
   3. I can store email messages in folders on the Linux PIM (not my
      laptop) so I only have one set of email folders.
   4. I can synchronize my Palm Pilot to the calendar/to-do
      list/contacts either through Outlook or Evolution. I can do this
      today, but I would like to stop this duplicate entry problem.

Nice to have:

   1. View/edit my email/contacts/email folders/calendar/to-do list
      with a web browser from the Internet
   2. Ability to set up various accounts for the other members of my
      family. Spam Assassin would filter all the email. The ability to
      setup a calendar with dates for family events (school
      appointments, Girl Scout events, softball games, etc.) so we
      don’t have to write down the same event on multiple calendars.

One other solution would be to chuck this highly complicated life, throw out all the technology, and retire to a small island where we don’t need all this complexity! But then the beach might eventually become boring…..;-)

Thanks for your suggestions!

Mark Phillips

Phillips Marketing, Inc.

602 524-0376 office

480 945-9197 fax

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