Monday, July 13, 2009

Accessing Microsoft Exchange with Evolution on Fedora

Install Evolution if it not already installed. To make Evolution work with Microsoft Exchange you will need to install "evolution-exchange" package.

$ yum install evolution-exchange

Launch Evolution.
Go to Edit->Preferences->Mail Accounts
To create a new account choose "Add"
"Mail Configuration" window click "Forward"
"Identity" enter your name and email address
"Receiving Email": Choose Server Type: Microsoft Exchange
User Name: domain/username
OWA URL: Click Authenticate. Click Forward.
"Receiving Options": The defaults are fine. If you want to customize them you can do so later. Click Forward
"Account Management": The defaults are fine. If not, choose a name. Click Forward
In the next screen, once you click "Apply" your account will be setup.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fedora 11 yum plugins

Two yum plugins which are not installed by default, but which very useful are "fastestmirror" and "presto".

$ yum install yum-plugin-fastestmirror
$ yum install yum-presto

As the name indicates, the "fastermirror" plugin finds the fastest mirror to download the packages. Combined with the "presto" plugin which only downloads delta rpms instead of the full rpms it significantly speeds up yum updates.