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Eudora, once one of the most popular e-mail clients, is finally being retired.

Instead of simply abandoning Eudora’s customers, however, Qualcomm is partnering with Mozilla Corp. to create “Penelope,” a customized version of Mozilla’s Thunderbird e-mail client that will be optimized for Eudora customers.

Penelope is being developed by half a dozen of Eudora’s 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 Mozilla’s 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 DesktopLinux.com: Goodbye Eudora, Hello Thunderbird

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