Wednesday, October 11, 2006

You've Got Mail . . .

I've heard about Eudora for a long time from Scot Finney Scot's Newsletter and Scott's Newsletter Forums). Now it appears that more people will not only be hearing about Eudora, but using it as well.

Qualcomm announced a collaboration project with the Mozilla Foundation to develop an open source version of Eudora mail.

"SAN DIEGO — October 11, 2006 — QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and the Mozilla Foundation, a public-benefit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the Internet, today announced that future versions of Eudora® will be based upon the same technology platform as the open source Mozilla Thunderbird™ email program. Future versions of Eudora will be free and open source, while retaining Eudora's uniquely rich feature set and productivity enhancements. QUALCOMM and Mozilla will each participate in, and continue to foster development communities based around the open source Mozilla project, with a view to enhancing the capabilities and ease of use of both Eudora and Thunderbird. QUALCOMM also today announced that it has released the final commercial versions of the current Eudora products for Windows and Mac operating systems. The open source version of Eudora is targeted to release during the first half of calendar year 2007."
The complete story is available in the Qualcomm Press Release.

One current major stumbling block with Eudora is that Esset's NOD32 does not play nice with Eudora. As Scot indicated in the September, Vol. 6, No. 45 Newsletter,

"If you use Microsoft Outlook 2002 or 2003, or your computer is on a corporate network whose mail server is scanned on the server, I recommend Nod32 and Webroot's Spy Sweeper (version 5.0.7 or later) over F-Secure Anti-Virus 2006. If you use any email product but Outlook, Nod32 doesn't offer outbound scanning, but there is no risk to your computer in that."

To read more about what Scot Finney has had to say over the years about Eudora, it is all available in the search results I compiled from the Newsletter archive.

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