I changed one of my everyday software programs this week. I wrote about a year ago concerning Eudora OSE (Open Source Edition), a new open-source version of Eudora that is based on the Thunderbird email program from the Mozilla Foundation.
After a few days of running my old Eudora program in parallel with Eudora OSE, I quickly changed to Eudora OSE for my everyday use.
It took some adjustments and took figuring out how to have multiple email accounts using multiple email servers. But, I was pretty happy with Eudora OSE.
Then, I ran into a problem with its email filters. The filters allow the user to take specific actions on an email, based on the content of the Subject, To or From lines. I’ve put up with that problem, which came from no known reason — and certainly not a buggy update (there haven’t been any updates) for a couple months, but it finally aggravated me too much.
I’d used filters for years to get control of my Inbox, and put related emails into their own folders, e.g. I set up a folder for emails from a mailing list, and set up a filter to have Eudora OSE put them in the folder automatically.
However, Eudora OSE developed a problem for some reason — it would no longer show or allow me to edit the conditions that it used for its filtering. It would no longer show me, or allow me to change, the tests for "what’s in the Subject," "who’s it from," and "who’s it to?"
The functions were there, but the display window had shrunk the block that displayed them into only about 1/8 of an inch tall — not enough to show what the settings were, and certainly not enough to use pull-down option boxes and text boxes.
The other thing I noticed was that there had not been any new versions of Eudora OSE. There was no indication of continued development of the program, despite numerous updates to the underlying Thunderbird program.
There hadn’t even been any updates to Eudora OSE that included only the Thunderbird changes.
I used the Help link in Eudora OSE, but it just dumped me to the MozillaWiki page for the Eudora OSE Documentation Project. Presumably individual articles had been updated, but the base page indicates that it hasn’t been updated (as of 17 September 2011) since 20 September 2010 — almost a year. Since this page lists all the Help articles, that’s not a good sign.
The thing really missing from this page is the link to the Eudora OSE forum, maintained by Qualcomm. The Eudora OSE home page at MozillaWiki (http://wiki.mozilla.org/Eudora_OSE) has the link, but the help page doesn’t and doesn’t have any hint that the user-to-user forum exists.
There is still plenty of activity at the Eudora forum. Unfortunately, still nothing indicating that a new version is coming…
What did I switch to?
Read all about it in Thunderbird to the Rescue!