Reading the ReadMe file for Eudora 8.0 the other day, I found myself scratching my head a little bit.

Let me show you what I mean:

Whereas "Eudora" is a branded version of Thunderbird with some extra features added by the Eudora developers, "Penelope" is an extension (also called an "add-on") that can be used with either Eudora or Thunderbird. The Eudora installer includes the corresponding version of Penelope along with it so there is no need to install Penelope if you are installing Eudora. Most features in Penelope can be accessed when used with Thunderbird, but there are a few that require Eudora in order to work correctly and it's not something that gets tested.

I had to read that 3 or 4 times before I was relatively sure I understood what was going on. I can't help to feel like it couldn't have been written a bit more clearly somehow--or even illustrated with a bit of ASCII Art.

Posted by jzawodn at September 09, 2007 08:51 AM

Reader Comments
# Jonathan Johnson said:

I think what it's getting at is that if you use Penelope with Thunderbird, some features won't be available and it may be buggy due to lack of testing, but if you use it with Eudora, everything should be hunky-dory.

The last sentence of your post, however, was what took me a few times to read :)

on September 9, 2007 10:12 AM
# Michael said:

Is the company Eudora belongs to - Qualcomm - the same Qualcomm that is involved in the whole patent trolling stuff related to mobile phone Chipsets?

Anyway - on one side, it's good to see support for Thunderbird, on the other side, i prefer the "original" Versions. Maybe because Netscape made such a horrible Firefox version i avoid branded versions of the Mozilla software, but maybe i just saw too many clones of various software go down after a few years (or even months), leaving the user with the choice to not get any updates anymore or switching to another version.

on September 9, 2007 11:20 AM
# Pat Mullen said:

Too bad the people who write ReadMe and help files slept through English class.

Seems to work OK. I used it years ago, and liked it.

I'll have to figure out what Penelope is.

on September 9, 2007 10:05 PM
# Carla Hufstedler said:

I feel dizzy now that I've tried to parse that explanation. It was my understanding that Penelope was a port of Eudora by Mozilla, and therefore a separate app...

I think I need to lie down now.

on September 15, 2007 06:09 PM
# Andrew S said:

Michael: Yes, it's the same Qualcomm. If I recall correctly (you can probably check wikipedia for a more definitive answer), Qualcomm developed it for internal use in the early 90s, back when they were a tiny software company and had little to do with mobile phones. It was great, so they decided to sell it.

I used Eudora from 1994-97; it was awesome and fast (compared to the competition), and had a great minimal interface with no toolbar garbage. I gave up on it to switch to mutt, so i could use email from anywhere. Also, Qualcomm stopped paying attention to Eudora since they were raking in billions for CDMA.

on September 24, 2007 05:31 PM
# Roel Wyman said:

I installed the new version tonight. I can't figure out how to create a logo stationery form, and I don't like the multiple mailbox windows without the handy little tabs at the bottom showing me what mailboxes have new mail. I want to remove 8.0 and go back to regular Eudora. But if I try to do this with Windows uninstaller it looks like it will remove the whole program. Has anyone a suggestion about going back to the non-Mozilla version?



on October 16, 2007 07:50 PM
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