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The ability to quickly send and receive messages without having to be online at the same time created a new form of human communication. By now billions of people have used . These early systems, which often used propriety communications networks and protocols, were generally incompatible with each other; you could only exchange mail with people using the same system.
Eventually many clients were written for personal computers, but few became as successful as Eudora. Eudora was elegant, fast, feature-rich, and could cope with mail repositories containing hundreds of thousands of messages. In my opinion it was the finest client ever written, and it has yet to be surpassed.
I still use it today, but, alas, the last version of Eudora was released in It may not be long for this world. With thanks to Qualcomm, we are pleased to release the Eudora source code for its historical interest, and with the faint hope that it might be resuscitated. I will muse more about that later. We began it because the internet was a growing and burgeoning place, but was not really established on the desktop computers that people were using at the time.
It took Dorner just over a year to create the first version of Eudora, which had 50, lines of C code and ran only on the Apple Macintosh. Like many university-produced programs, it was available to anyone for free. Why did he call it Eudora? Dorner was eventually hired by them to continue to develop it, working remotely from his home in Illinois. They knew that the internet would fuel the need for wireless data, and they thought that would be one of the drivers.
They also thought it prudent to diversify beyond ICs for wireless technology into software applications. Initially Eudora was only used internally at Qualcomm. It was well-received. But I love Eudora!! The Eudora team at Qualcomm expanded quickly from the initial four to a moderately large product group, and at its peak was over 50 people. The Qualcomm version of Eudora was originally available for free, and it quickly gained in popularity.
There was this great feeling about the software, and everybody really loved it. There was still a free version, now supported by advertisements. By , over person-years of development had been invested in the Windows and Macintosh versions. After 15 years, Qualcomm decided in that Eudora was no longer consistent with their other major project lines, and they stopped development.
A likely factor was the increasing adoption of Microsoft Outlook as an client for corporations. Outlook was preloaded for free on many PCs, and companies often standardized on it along with the rest of the Microsoft suite of office productivity products. Other free clients were also available. The last Qualcomm versions of Eudora, 7. A beta of the new version 8. But it was panned by the Eudora faithful, in part because it had both a different look and feel and an incompatible mailbox data format. The production version 1. There are a lot of little things that go on behind the scenes, or at least very subtly visible to the user.
The last Qualcomm Windows version of Eudora continues, with some glitches, to work well under Windows The Apple Macintosh version, unfortunately, did not survive the transition to the modern Mac processors and operating systems, and can now only run using emulators. IDC , Qualcomm claimed Even though it has mostly faded away, Eudora had a lasting impact. There are concepts that we introduced, which we were the first to do, that are now a standard part of any client out there. The discussion with Qualcomm for the release of the Eudora source code by the museum took five years.
In the end, they decided not to simply grant a , but to transfer ownership of the code, the Eudora trademarks, the copyrights, and the Eudora domain names to the Computer History Museum CHM. The transfer agreement allows us to publish the code under the very liberal BSD open source , which means that anyone can use it for either personal or commercial purposes. The source code we are distributing is what we received from Qualcomm, with only the following changes:.
The source tree consists of 8, files in folders, taking up MB. The Macintosh version of Eudora is an entirely different code base and is written in C. The source tree consists of 1, files in 47 folders, taking up The for the code allows you to use the code for free, with or without modifications, for personal or commercial use, as long as the copyright notices, the list of conditions, and the disclaimers are retained in the code. Although Eudora became unsupported as of , some of us are in denial and still use it as our primary client. I have over , archived messages in the Windows Eudora format going back to , along with 28, embedded images and 33, saved attachments.
I run it with only minor problems under Windows I know of no other client that can manage repositories that large and search them so quickly. I spend hours each day using Eudora to read and send . I can do a complex search for anything in the 20 years of archived in under a minute. It will be a sad day when I have to give it up.
Are there others like me? We have no way of knowing how large the community of current Eudora users is. If you would like to contribute to a short informal poll about your current and past Eudora usage, please fill out the survey here. I do hope that someone, or some group, or some company, will adopt the Windows Eudora source code and revive it as a supported program.
The Computer History Museum cannot do that. Only the Eudora fan base can. The tasks in reviving the Windows version include replacing several third-party libraries for isolated tasks, like spell-checking. The HTML rendering engine should be replaced with something more modern.
The handling of Unicode and other special character encoding needs to be improved. After more than three years of discussion, we finally secured an agreement with RogueWave, giving us permission to distribute a binary linkable library compiled from the year-old source code, but only for noncommercial use. That library is not currently part of this release, but we will build and distribute it if there is credible interest in rebuilding a noncommercial Windows version of Eudora.
But it will take some effort to make the changes to the RogueWave source code necessary to compile it in a modern development environment, and we could use help in doing that. The Macintosh version, because it is based on an older processor and operating system, would be harder to resuscitate.
It would have to be substantially rewritten for the current Mac environment. But not much is beyond the capability of motivated and clever programmers. Have at it. Len Shustek is the founding chairman emeritus of the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum. Shustek May 22, the Discussion. Related Articles View all articles.Need someone now 25 Eudora 25
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