Eudora Down… But Not Out

Fred: Great News Letter! (Plus Subscriber) Missed you when you were gone.

I see where ole’ Eudora is retiring, I have used the old girl since Sep 2000 and she has worked very well. What would you recommend to replace her, that would have the same and possible additional features? Thanks, Tom

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Eudora for a long time as well, Tom. I love its features, but it’s still a bit buggy, even after all these years; and still chokes from time to time on the volume of mail I push though it. For the last couple years, Qualcomm (the publishers of Eudora) hasn’t done much with it except to add a few almost-meaningless bells and whistles. Some fundamental problems with the software have remained uncorrected.

But— good news— Eudora is NOT going away; rather, it’s been released as Open Source software— like Linux, Firefox, Netscape, and many other excellent software packages. We’ll have to see if the OS community picks up the ball and improves Eudora. If they do, I bet Eudora will be a great email tool once again.

I’m sticking with Eudora in the meantime— I have too much time invested in my filtering system to throw it all away prematurely. But if you’re ready to switch, other good email tools include The Bat ( ) Mozilla/Thunderbird ( ), OperaMail ( ) and many more: .

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Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.