What’s New with Ubuntu 9.04?

904Well, two more days to go before the final release of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. So, what’s new with Ubuntu 9.04?

A new kernel running on Linux 2.6.28. The new Linux kernel contains a new wireless stack and support for new devices. The new kernel also introduces a new file system called the ext4. The older ext3 file system is still the default, but users can gain faster boot time and performance with ext4.

A new GUI, Gnome 2.26 with support for MAPI in the Evolution mail client. Gnome 2.26 also boast support for multiple monitors and support for configurable keyboard shortcuts or hot keys.

And of course, more brown themes! There is Dust, Dust Sand and New Wave.

The changes are subtle, but it’s worth a try. Download Ubuntu 9.04 from here.

Evolution Now Supports MAPI

Gnome’s latest release of the Gnome 2.26 Desktop gives Evolution users the ability to read Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders or PST files as well as communicate with existing Microsoft Exchange servers via MAPI.

What this means is the Linux desktop can now use an open-source email client like Evolution to talk to Microsoft Exchange servers. Previously, Evolution could only talk to Exchange servers using the SOAP interface.

Evolution is not only an open-source integrated mail client software, but is also an address book and calendaring system. This is indeed good news for Linux. There is now a path to those who may be contemplating on switching over from Microsoft’s Outlook client to an open-source email client such as Evolution.

Gmail IMap and Evolution

I had trouble setting up Gmail IMAP in Evolution in the past that the only way I fixed it was removing Evolution and installing Thunderbird. But, today is a very good day. I finally got Gmail IMAP to work in Evolution! This post is to document the Gmail IMap configuration in Evolution as a future reference. Hopefully, someone will read it and benefit from it as well. So, here we go. Let’s add a new account in Evolution by accessing the menu. Pull down the Edit > Preferences. Click Add to add new account.

Identity Tab

Let’s start with the Identity Tab. Enter the name of the account. In my case, I am simply calling it “Gmail.” Now, enter your full name and your email address. You can add a optional signature if you want.

Receiving Email Tab

In the Receiving Email tab, please select “IMap” server type. Enter “imap.gmail.com:993” as the server. The username is your full email address. Select “SSL encryption” for the secure connection type. The authentication type is “Password.” Checking remember password is optional if you want to avoid typing in the password everytime you access Evolution.

Receiving Options Tab

This section is really a personal choice. I like to be able to check messages every 10 minutes, show only subscribed folder as well as automatically synchronize remote mail locally.

Sending Email Tab

Please select “SMTP” for server type. Use “smtp.gmail.com:587” for the server. Use “TLS encryption” for secure connection. Select “Login” for authentication type. Use your full email account name for the username. Checking the remember password feature is optional.

The rest of the Tab folders are optional settings that you can set based on your own personal choice. That’s it. How I failed to get it to work previously was beyond me. Sometimes missing a single parameter can mean a whole lot of difference.

Evolution vs Thunderbird

It didn’t take time for me to throw out the Evolution email client from my Ubuntu platform. Instead, I installed Mozilla’s Thunderbird, an email client which I’m very familiar with. What caused the switch? Well, I was trying to configure an email account running on an IMAP server. I had a terrible time in getting it to work. After so many unsuccessful tries, it was time for me to kiss the Evolution package goodbye. I’m glad it’s gone because Thunderbird is working just fine in Ubuntu.

To remove Evolution package:
#sudo apt-get remove evolution

To Install Mozilla Thunderbird
#sudo apt-get install mozilla-thunderbird