When comparing Lightning Calendar vs Calendar, the Slant community recommends Calendar for most people. In the question“What are the best calendar apps for Mac OS X?” Calendar is ranked 2nd while Lightning Calendar is ranked 12th.
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Wherever Mozilla Thunderbird can be installed, the Lightning calendar can follow:
Pro Free, Open Source
Lightning Calendar (just as Thunderbird) is completely free and open-source meaning that anyone can use it as well as look through the code or even use the code for their own projects.
Pro Easily keep track of tasks
Bundled in with the calendar options is a tasks option that makes for an easy way to keep track of tasks in the same location as ones events.
Pro GNOME Native integration
It has online accounts integration.
Pro Currently in active development
GNOME Calendar is improved with every release cycle of GNOME.
Calendar for GNOME aims to find the perfect balance between features and usability.
Con Available only as part of Thunderbird
No standalone version of the calendar app is available. And if you're just interested in Lightning Calendar and not Thunderbird, the app will have additional functionality and interface elements that will get in the way of using the calendar.
Con Does not always clear old events from the display, even when the event has been deleted
When accessing Google Calendar, every check shows that the event does not exist anymore.
Con Not for all the versions
You have to downgrade Thunderbird just because Lightning didn't upgrade to the last beta version.
Con Requires third-party gmail integration
And it's not supported in 60+. Use the old versions if you want anything to work.
Con No support yet for WebCal
No support yet for WebCal, such as those offered by Facebook events.
A workaround exists. Since this application uses the same background services as Evolution, installing it and adding the WebCal calendars there, also adds them to GNOME Calendar.