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Eudora OSE 1.0

A group of Eudora’s original developers has at long last released Eudora OSE 1.0, an open-source email client based on Mozilla’s Thunderbird email program, but boasting features and interface elements pulled from the classic Eudora that so many people used and liked. Eudora, of course, began life in the late 1980s, but Qualcomm stopped development of the paid version of the software four years ago with version 6.2.4 (see “Eudora Goes Open Source with Thunderbird,” 16 October 2006). Progress on Penelope, as the open-source update to Eudora was code-named, moved slowly, with the first beta
release a year later (see “Penelope Project Ships Eudora 8.0.0b1,” 5 September 2007), and the final release after three more years. Many long-time Eudora users have switched to other email programs, but for those who either aren’t happy after the switch or who have held on to Eudora 6.2.4, Eudora OSE is worth a look. The developers advise users updating from the beta versions of Eudora OSE to back up mailbox and preference files before installing the new release. (Free, 21.1 MB)

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