This tutorial will guide you in setting up Evolution 2.1.x (the version included in Ubuntu 7.04 – known as “Feisty Fawn”) for the first time. Though the screenshots are from Ubuntu, the steps are virtually identical if you’re using another version of Linux.
- When Evolution launches for the first time, the Setup Assistant will start. Click Forward to continue.
- On the Identity tab, enter the required information in each of the appropriate fields. The Organization field is not mandatory. Click Forward when you’re ready to continue.
- This example will assume that you have a POP mail server. Most broadband (and dial-up) Internet Service Providers in North America provide their customers with POP mail. Enter the “incoming” mail server name in the Server: section, and your user name in the Username: section.
If you’re not sure of these settings, I’ve compiled a list of email settings for some of the larger North American broadband providers. If I didn’t list your ISP, contact them to find out these settings (tip: most ISP’s will have this information in a fairly obvious place in the Help section of their web site)
If you don’t want to enter your password each time you check your mail, place a check in the box labeled Remember password. When you’re done, click Forward.
- Place a check in the Automatically check for mail every __ minutes box (if you want) and review the other options. Click Forward
- On the Sending Email page, select the Server Type: that your ISP uses (again, you can refer to this page, or check with your ISP). Enter the appropriate Server: and settings. Most, but not all, outgoing mail servers now require authentication. When you’ve entered all of the information specific to your ISP, click Forward.
- And now give this email account a Name: so that you can easily identify it (in case you create additional email profiles in Evolution). Click Forward.
- Choose your Time Zone and again, click Forward.
- That’s it, you’re done! Click Apply.
- In all likelihood you’ll be prompted to enter your password as Evolution checks to see if you have new mail (for the first time). Enter it and click OK.
- And if all goes well, you’ll be presented with your (new) email. There will also be an “introduction” email from the Evolution developers that offers some tips on getting started using Evolution.
- To test out sending email by sending one to yourself. Click the New button and select Mail Message. Enter your own email address in the To: field, and whatever you want in the subject field. Click Send.
- You’ll be taken back to the main Evolution window. Now click the Send/Receive button to actually send your test message.
- The Send & Receive Mail window will appear.
- And you’ll (probably) be prompted to enter your password again.
- You may need to click Send/Receive again to get the test email.
- So now you can send and receive email. If you need any help with attachments, filtering spam etc – the Help menu actually provides very useful and straight forward instructions.