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 6th.
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Pro Manages contacts, tasks, calendar and memos as well
Pro Great integration with Gnome environment
Pro Good support for Google's services
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 Excellent GPG support
The integration with GPG is excellent. You can sign, encrypt, decrypt, authenticate and verify GPG signatures and GPG signed/encrypted email messages. All of that is just a setting away.
Pro HTML rendering is great
Of the many email clients available on GNU/Linux, Evolution has the best HTML renderer. It renders HTML and the entire email content exactly like it would appear on a full blown web browser. Not many email clients are capable of doing that.
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.
Wherever Mozilla Thunderbird can be installed, the Lightning calendar can follow:
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 RAM heavy
Very heavy on RAM usage.
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.