When comparing Evolution vs Alpine, the Slant community recommends Evolution for most people. In the question“What are the best native e-mail clients for Linux?” Evolution is ranked 2nd while Alpine is ranked 9th.
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Pro Good support for Google's services
Pro Manages contacts, tasks, calendar and memos as well
Pro Great integration with Gnome environment
Pro Clean interface with 2 layout variants
Going to View > Preview has the option of switching between "Classical View" and "Vertical View".
Pro Supports exchange servers
Evolution is one of the few Linux desktop e-mail clients that's supports exchange servers.
Pro Extremely user-friendly
Pro Can use the built-in text editor or can be integrated with another text editor
Alpine comes with pico, a lightweight text editor which can also be used as a standalone tool. It can also be integrated with vi, vim, emacs, etc... if the user prefers to do so.
Pro On-screen contextual help
Alpine has contextual help that can be displayed on-screen. Removing the need to consult the man pages every time you forget a command or how to do something inside it.
Con Can't choose different settings for each mail account
Settings have to applied to all mail accounts.
Con Updates are not frequent
Alpine is not updated frequently. This means that new features, bug fixes or security updates come much later than in other email clients.