Thursday, October 25, 2007

Healthcare CIO pats Evolution/Exchange 2.12.0

Skip Paul, a Novell mate working for the Open Platform Services (OPS) Sales for the East Coast of United States, forwarded me a message from one of our pilot customers, John Halamka - CIO of Caregroup. John, in his mail said:
Could you pass this along to your developers -

Today I installed Evolution 2.12.0 as part of the Ubuntu Gusty release.

Every issue I have had with Evolution is now resolved. Performance is spectacular, caching is perfect and I no longer have to use OWA to ensure reliability.

John has been piloting various operating systems for more than a year now and when he tried SLED 10, he quoted saying:
My concern is that Evolution/Exchange connector is such a negative experience that it threatens the success of the entire SLED platform.
He shared the same in a CIO.com article, saying:
The Evolution e-mail client presented the biggest problem. Every time he launched the application, he had to wait five minutes to use it, until it synced with CareGroup’s Microsoft Exchange server. If he deleted an e-mail before the entire store of deleted e-mails had synced, or if he tried sending an e-mail before all stored e-mails had synced, the application would crash.
As Evolution-Exchange maintainer, I teamed up with Skip and provided him various levels of optimization fixes and all of it were released as part of Evolution/Exchange 2.12.0. Skip front ended the efforts by ensuring timely delivery of patches and his feedbacks both ways. As mentioned in my blog, the performance was greatly improved by these patches and the same is appreciated by John in his recent blog, saying:
Congrats to the folks at Canonical who maintain Ubuntu and to the folks at Novell who have significantly upgraded their Evolution email client to meet the needs of Microsoft Exchange users.
It feels great to see your efforts/work gets directly appreciated by the users.

John: Thank you for your honest reviews and Skip - for the wonderful support provided both ways.

Update: Fixed some font weirdness.

8 comments:

Suman said...

an icing on the cake, to top the plaudits you've gotten so far.. :)

way to go dude !!

chen said...

Great work as always!! and I know you would doing the same in Mono now. We miss you in evolution ...

BigJoe said...

I have been using evolution/exchange for a while and really liked it but now I can't because exchange has been upgraded to 2007. From what I have found there is a patch in bugzilla but no one wants to put it in. So Now I only use OWA.

TUXinSkynet said...

Simply 'Awesome' :-)

Veerapuram Varadhan said...

@bigjoe: Evolution 2.22.0 will be supporting Exchange 2007 and moving towards using libmapi of Openchange fame.

@suman, @chen: Thank you guys and it wouldn't have been possible without your supports.

ஸ்ரீதர் சிவராமன் said...

why is the windows port of evolution abandoned.

Veerapuram Varadhan said...

@Sridhar: It is not abandoned, rather not being worked upon. It is up for grabs. :-) Team is interested to help, if anyone is willing to contribute.

Anandha moorthy said...

It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world everyday always just exactly fits the newspaper.
like that in computer world you fits everything with u sir... really hats off to u sir..ur worklog s amazing no words to say..