Re: Current status of Penelope
- From: "Steve W. Jackson" <stevewjackson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 11:42:51 -0500
In article <usenet-3389EB.14302903052007@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
"R. Millstein" <usenet@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Look, no one clings more tightly to good ol' Eudora than I do. But I
don't put much stock in a name: Thunderbird, Penelope, Eudora. What
matters are things like file structure and user interface. So, when you
say that you don't want Thunderbird, I imagine that you worry that
something about your user experience will be different. I have a hard
time believing that you are attached specific lines of code. So, I
repeat, what do you think will be different about your user experience?
I am not asking this in a challenging way -- rather, I am asking, as a
fellow Eudora user, whether I ought to be worried about Penelope, and
I am not stuck on a name or any particular "lines of code" or any of
that. But, as another respondent has indicated, there are lots of
things about Thunderbird I don't want.
I strongly believe that a mail client should do mail and no more, a
newsreader should do USENET and nothing more, etc. I very much like
*most* aspects of Eudora's multi-window environment and don't want to
get forced into something else. Its failings are relatively few for me,
and its strengths many. Admittedly, I dislike changing when I've gotten
accustomed to something working so well for so long.
I use Apple's Mail for the address on my USENET posts, since it gets
discarded if/when I switch ISPs, and for a couple of small mailing
lists. But I really do *not* like it -- because its interface is
completely unpleasant to me and its filtering capabilities simply don't
give me the same freedom I get from Eudora.
The link recently posted here says that the Eudora importers are in sad
shape, which means that the entire Penelope effort is a patchwork add-on
to Thunderbird, rather than Eudora going open source on its own merit.
Well, they had already told us that the Eudora code was not going to be
released as open source. If you know what Penelope will be -- how
different or how similar to Thunderbird it will be -- then I think you
know something that the rest of us do not know. But maybe you are
making an educated guess, so again, I invite you (or anyone) to
elaborate. As for the importers being in sad shape, I assume that this
is not a permanent condition.
What they "told us" notwithstanding, I had hoped that the move toward
Penelope would not be equivalent to moving to a totally foreign computer
system. At present, that's what the apparent direction seems to
suggest. Since I don't have throwaway email accounts to spend time
trying out these early efforts, there's not yet much to allay my
concerns. All I can do is continue to follow the relatively rare
reports, waiting to see if things take a more positive turn.
= Steve =
Steve W. Jackson
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