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I run 12.04 and want to update my Evolution to 3.8.0. I found a solution and would appreciate help knowing, whether it is correct and safe. Any better solutions are welcome. I have never compiled from source and am a beginner. Thanks

To Install Evolution 3.8.0 in Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 and Mint 15/14/13 , open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

sudo wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/e/evolution/evolution_3.6.0-0ubuntu3_i386.deb 
sudo dpkg -i evolution_3.6.0-0ubuntu3_i386.deb 
sudo apt-get install -f

If any error you can follow this command :

sudo apt-get install evolution
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where you have got that solution , because both are saying the same thing. 1st method can go as downloading Evolution manually from Ubuntu repo's and then executing the .deb file. 2nd method is about doing the above manual process directly. the bottom line of my answer is both are same almost but from the 1st method you will have your cache file in the current directory of your terminal and from the 2nd method you will have cache at apt cache directory.

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Apart from the fact that neither will install 3.8.0 ;-) –  guntbert Apr 11 '13 at 17:56

As a matter of fact none the commands you proposed will install Evolution 3.8

Installing from a .deb file

wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/e/evolution/evolution_3.6.0-0ubuntu3_i386.deb 
sudo dpkg -i evolution_3.6.0-0ubuntu3_i386.deb 

These commands will download a .deb package and try to install it. Your example will download evolution 3.6.0. The installation will probably fail due to unresolved dependencies.

You can find more information on installing .deb packages on :


sudo apt-get install evolution will do the same thing as installing evolution from the Software Center. For Ubuntu 12.04 this means installing evolution 3.2.3 (See packages.ubuntu.com)


Installing from a ppa

Generally when you want to install software that is not in the Ubuntu repository or when you want to install an updated version of a package you would use a ppa.

The Gnome team keeps a ppa of packages that did not make it into the main Ubuntu repositories. The most recent components of Gnome in Ubuntu 12.04 from the ppa are 3.4. Evolution 3.8 is available in the gnome-staging ppa in Ubuntu 13.04.


Your only luck at getting Evolution 3.8 installed on Ubuntu 12.04 would be by compiling it by hand but you will probably encounter lots of problems with dependency versions.

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