This is a standalone application, that I'm trying now. It's a very young project led by the same person who created tint2, the lightweight panel.
I was wondering if someone here would consider giving it a try, out of the loop of the package manager ? http://code.google.com/p/pyaddressbook/
I have python-vobject installed, and saw that we don't have the latest:http://vobject.skyhouseconsulting.com/history.html
I have pygtk installed, and there we do have the latest !
I didn't quite understand what I did, but pyaddressbook works in my system !
I first uncompressed the archive, then started "./pyaddressbook" as is, then saw it in my system, in /usr/local/bin, but I'm not sure I didn't have it from a former test ( http://code.google.com/p/pyaddressbook/issues/detail?id=1
a few months ago).
Then I tried the "setup.py" : with --help first, then made it belong to root and have a+x, then did as root "setup.py build && setup.py install", then imported my contacts exported from Evolution, under the shape of a vcard, and it looks like all is there, although I don't see any column to classify adresses under groups.
If you give it a try, would you tell me what you think about this program ?