I have recently began to roll out an upgrade for the computer network of the university I work for. The computers in question have been running Fedora Core 3 (GNOME 2.8, Evolution 2.0.4). I have upgraded a test client on the network to Fedora Core 5 (GNOME 2.14, Evolution 2.6.2). So far, I am experiencing the following problems with GNOME:
- The previous GNOME layout configuration is ignored.
We had a fairly custom setup (icon placement, taskbar size, university wallpaper, etc) which the new version of GNOME happily ignores.
- Mime-types no longer exist
No programs are associated with any
file types in the Nautilus browser, or on the desktop. Not even a default set. This is probably due to the same cause as the first problem, the old GNOME configuration clobbering what a new GNOME is expecting. So I suppose my question here is: is there a way to make the new GNOME work with an older version of the GNOME configs?
I've also been experiencing a major problem with Evolution:
- ERROR: Folder and summary mismatch, even after a sync.
Unfortunately, the email system we currently have in place is not the most efficient. We have an mbox mailbox exported over NFS to each user's home directory, which evolution then reads. However, this is not something that our current setup allows us to change easily, so it will have to stay in place for the time being. All users of the test machine have noted this problem. Not all of them experience it the same way, though. Most of them can open evolution into their mbox the first time successfully. On subsequent openings of evolution, however, the apparent number of messages in the inbox skyrockets, and the program throws the aforementioned error. I know it is not a problem with the email system itself, as pine still works, and evolution on FC3 still works, as well (it throws no mismatch errors on the old systems, only on the test system). What is evolution doing differently in the newer version, and is there a way to make it work properly with an mbox setup again?
So, in summary:
- GNOME 2.8 config apparently clobbers what GNOME 2.14 expects.
- Evolution can no longer read an mbox mailbox properly
- Sticking with GNOME and the mbox setup are required. Any proposed solutions must keep these factors constant.
I would appreciate any advice that can be offered in solution to this problem.