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Linux® For Dummies®, 8th Edition by Richard Blum, Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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Evolving into E-Mail

Although most people think of the Web when they think of the Internet, e-mail may, in fact, be the most used and beloved of Internet applications. A multitude of e-mail programs are available for Linux users. Fedora chose to include the Evolution e-mail package by default.

Evolution should remind you very much of Outlook. If you like being able to integrate your calendar, address book, task manager, and e-mail, you should feel right at home with Evolution. Other Linux e-mail clients such as Mozilla Mail, Thunderbird, and KMail are more single-purpose, although Thunderbird also supports news reading. If you like to keep things simple, you might want to try one of these packages.

Setting up Evolution

The first time you open Evolution, the program walks you through the setup process, so be sure to have the following information on hand:

Your assigned e-mail address, in the format username@example.org.
The type of mail server used for incoming mail: for example, POP.
The name of the mail server used for incoming mail, in the format servername.example.org.
The type of mail server used for outgoing mail: for example, SMTP.
The name of the mail server used for outgoing mail, in the format servername.example.org. This name may be the same as for the incoming mail server.
Any special type of authentication required, for both mail coming in and going out. This authentication is typically just passwords for incoming mail and may be nothing for outgoing mail.

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