When comparing Evolution vs Lightning Calendar, the Slant community recommends Evolution for most people. In the question“What are the best calendar apps for Linux?” Evolution is ranked 3rd while Lightning Calendar is ranked 4th.
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Pro Manages contacts, tasks, calendar and memos as well
Pro Great integration with Gnome environment
Pro Supports exchange servers
Evolution is one of the few Linux desktop e-mail clients that's supports exchange servers.
Pro Clean interface with 2 layout variants
Going to View > Preview has the option of switching between "Classical View" and "Vertical View".
Pro Good support for Google's services
Pro Free, open source and cross-platform
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.
Con Can't choose different settings for each mail account
Settings have to applied to all mail accounts.
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 Not to all the versions
I had to downgrade my Thunderbird just because Lightning didn't upgraded to the last beta version....and I can't live without Lightning.