Eudora goes open source. Sort of.

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I used Eudora for a long time before moving to Thuderbird more than a year ago. Now I read that Eudora is going open source and will be based on Thunderbird.

Eudroa’s FAQ about the change is a little light on the details but it does say that Qualcomm is getting out of the email business. Building a consumer mail client isn’t really aligned with Qualcomm’s business.

The project page on the Mozilla wiki indicates that the plan is to pretty much take Thunderbird, make the UI feel like Eudora, and add in Eudora’s message handling methods and other features like stationary.

It sounds like Thuderbird extensions will work with the new Eudora. It doen’t appear that the existing source code of Eudora will be released.

October 12, 2006 8:51 AM

wot? no trackback link? ;) in feeble substitute: "i linked to your Eudora post:"

October 12, 2006 8:54 AM

gah your comments-system's auto-parsing is munging the URL at the first underscore for future reference: archive: 2006.10 Thursday October 12 title: "Alas, Eudora is dead" first lines: "Kourtesy of the redoubtable Calsey, the Adam who provides the great online Trackback tool I link to at the foot of my sidebar: I am sorry to announce that Eudora is dead. Eudora is the world's first and still foremost GUI-yet-big-metal-capable email application. Written by the National Center for Super-Computer Applications' (NCSA) Steve Dorner back in '88 and issued for free, it was essentially a Pure Macintosh app built to a Pure Standards core. (By contrast: Mac OS X is less Macintosh than is Windows XP.) Wholly user-centric, workflow-driven, unix-or-better under the hood. It still stands as the gold standard against which all mail apps must be measured, and against which most fall short."

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