This is one of the memorable releases of evolution considering the amount of work which has gone into this release. We could consider this as a preview for GNOME 3.0. To provide a snapshot of the major changes in this release,
- Diligent UI re-architecture to give farewell to bonobo.
- Improved imap implementation with live view updates, non-blocking operations and IDLE support, IMAPX.
- DBus transport replacing bonobo for address-book and calendar.
- GNOME 3.0 cleanup tasks. Gets rid of LibGnome, LibGnomeUi, LibArtLgpl, LibGLade.
- Evolution-mapi with push mail support and reduced memory footprint.
- Contacts map plugin.
Getting rid of bonobo from evolution was not only a cleanup work, but it enables evolution to shed off lot of weight to get flying. This has provided a lot of positive side-effects, one of the best which needs to be quoted is the startup speed of preference dialog. Evolution is now sleak and fast. If one has used the previous versions of evolution, no one needs to explain for appreciating the work. All credits goes to Matthew Barnes who has done an extra-ordinary job here.
We also have the new imap implementation IMAPX, which provides substantial performance improvements over the old imap provider making all the operations non-blocking in nature.
Credits to Ross Burton for replacing bonobo with dbus transport in EDS. This would pave way for us to fix some out-standing issues which had been put aside waiting for this change to dbus. There is also some work-in-progress for making this extremely stable in threaded environment.
We have listed the probable tasks which would be taken up for the future releases at http://live.gnome.org/Evolution/PlanningFuture. We would be picking up some tasks from there for Evolution 3.0 depending on the effort available. If you have suggestions feel free to get in touch with us to get it added..
Thanks to Akhil Laddha (bug master), Milan Crha (patch master), Johnny Jacob, Bharath Acharya and all others (many to list everyone here.. ) who have made significant contributions for making this release successful. Thanks to all the contributors, translators, distributors and users!!