Goodbye Eudora, Hello Thunderbird

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-10-12 Print this article Print

Popular e-mail client Eudora is being retired, but Qualcomm is partnering with Mozilla to create a customized client called "Penelope" for its customers. (

Eudora, once one of the most popular e-mail clients, is finally being retired. Instead of simply abandoning Eudoras customers, however, Qualcomm is partnering with Mozilla Corp. to create "Penelope," a customized version of Mozillas Thunderbird e-mail client that will be optimized for Eudora customers. Penelope is being developed by half a dozen of Eudoras most experienced programmers.
Their goal is to create a Eudora-user friendly version of Thunderbird that will import their stored mail and contact lists, and all of their Eudora settings.
Click here to read about the success of Mozillas Thunderbird 1.5. Specifically, by Version 1.0, the following Eudora features will be ported to the new open-source e-mail client:
  • Importers for mail and contacts
  • Remapping of accelerator keys
  • Basic settings and personalities
  • Filter importing
  • Major UI elements
  • Unique Eudora message handling operations
  • Stationery
  • Importer for all settings
  • Minor UI elements The road map is still subject to change, depending on what Eudora users want from the new e-mail program, according to Qualcomm. Read the full story on Goodbye Eudora, Hello Thunderbird Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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