In general, I agree with Michael that Evolution is fairly complicated
perhaps overpowered for an average user. That said, an email client is
default functionality on a new computer and the backlash we would receive for
not shipping one at all would be significant. There are still many people out
there who use IMAP or POP email accounts with either no webmail interface or
that is far more painful even than Evolution to navigate (I'm looking at
I know no one who uses a desktop email client and is a "general user".
Literally, no one. And I tried remembering really hard :)
I know some colleagues who use it, but those are all power users and can easily install it
In my eyes, the world has moved on, and desktop email clients are used only by old-timers,
who will have no problem if new installs don't include it.
It would be pretty unpleasant if we removed say LibreOffice or Totem, because people want
to click on a file and see it. That's something that should work out of the box,
without knowing which program to use or search for it manually. But email clients require
configuration anyway, and therefore it's not something that works out of the box, you
need to know explicitly what you want to use and how to use it, and you need to
non-trivially set it up before use. This is actually a good framework for thinking about
this, I believe. Whether this is a software that enables you to work with something else
(usually a file) that you already have on your computer, or whether it is a
special-purpose software, and you even configure it to work properly (requires accounts).
In the latter case, it's much easier to avoid installing them by default, because
people already know the name of the software they need (or they don't need it at
Btw, if I search for "email" in gnome-software, the top results are Geary,
Evolution, Thunderbird and Trojitá, all reasonably good email clients.