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Friday, September 12, 2008 P2P Vol 1 Issue 10: FrogLoop, Morgan Stanley, After Eudora, Avatars Ready, Podcast, Big Dollars   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 12  
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FrogLoop Interview on Social Networking, NetworkforGood Merger, and Going Green
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Life After Eudora: Options for Nonprofits
Avatars Ready To Answer Your Nonprofit Questions Online
Podcast: How Content Publishers Are Using Web 2.0
Life After Eudora: Options for Nonprofits
Pros and Cons of Email Options
by Claudia Myers

Today's lesson is an overview of the problem with Eudora and what options are available.

What's the Problem?

UC Davis did not renew its site license for Eudora this fiscal year because the price went up significantly. Given that there are other good email programs that are available cheaper or for free, UC Davis decided it could not justify the expense.

From a licensing standpoint we can continue to use the version of Eudora we have now and keep on using it forever, but the real problem is that a number of security vulnerabilities have been discovered in this version. The newest version, Eudora 6.2.1, fixes these vulnerabilities, but we cannot upgrade to it without renewing the license.

The reality is that in order to address these security vulnerabilities, everyone needs to either upgrade to the newer Eudora version or migrate to another email client.

So, What to Do?

You can upgrade Eudora. We are buying licenses at a volume educational discount and are recharging offices at our cost of $23 per user. (Our order already went in for this, so if your office didn't place an order that included you and we have to do a second order, the price may be higher.)

You can switch to another program. The main options would be Outlook and Thunderbird. But there are other programs available such as Netscape Mail and Outlook Express, or OS X Mail on the Macintosh. Or you can always just use Geckomail, the UC Davis web-based email utility.


Remember, if you follow our instructions for converting to Outlook or Thunderbird, your Eudora will still be there, intact with all your mail, addresses, etc. You aren't changing Eudora, so if you try one option and don't like it you can try something else. You won't have lost anything.

Pros and Cons of Various Options

Upgrade Eudora


  • No learning curve!!!
  • It has both Windows and Macintosh clients.


  • It is no longer covered by the UC Davis site license.
  • It will cost $23 for the license fee (if bought through Communication Services) to upgrade.
  • This is an annual fee, so you will have to pay every year.
  • It costs more than other email programs that are just as good.

Switch to Outlook


  • Outlook comes with Microsoft Office, so if you have Office, Outlook is probably already on your computer.
  • It can be upgraded automatically when revisions come out.
  • There is an excellent spam filter, SpamBayes, you can use with it.
  • Additional features include a calendar and contacts, plus integration with other Office programs.
  • It is a complex program with many capabilities.


  • It has a large share of the email client market and as such gets targeted by virus writers.
  • Converting mailboxes and address books from Eudora is a two step process, but not difficult.
  • There are certain file types Outlook will not open as attachments. This can also be positive, because these are file types that often contain viruses.
  • There is no Macintosh client.

Switch to Thunderbird


  • Imports mailboxes and addresses from Eudora automatically when it is installed.
  • It is free.
  • It is similar in appearance and use to Eudora.
  • It can be updated automatically when revisions come out.
  • Attachments are imported from Eudora.
  • It is an "open source" program, i.e., the code is not proprietary but is publicly available. Inherent in the open source philosophy is that programmers all over the world can modify and improve the code creating free software. It is basically the email client for Mozilla, their web browser is called Firefox.
  • It has Windows, Macintosh, and Linux versions.


  • It is just an email program and does not have the added functionality that Outlook has such as calendars and integration with Office programs.

What about Outlook Express?


  • It comes with Internet Explorer and the Windows operating system.
  • Auto updates.
  • Imports address book and mailboxes directly from Eudora.
  • Simpler than Outlook.
  • It is only an email program.


  • It does not have calendar and contacts feature.s
  • Not integrated into other Office programs.
  • You can block certain senders but no real spam filters. 
  •  It does not work with SpamBayes.
  • It is only an email program.
  • There is no Macintosh client.



A number of people have asked me for a recommendation. Here is what I think.

For people who aren't planning to be around for a long time and don't want to learn a new program, or people who are just swamped right now and need more time - upgrade Eudora this year. We'll be sending out instructions, in the next week or so, on how to upgrade Eudora, to those of you who have indicated that is what you plan to do.

If you are using Netscape Mail, like it and don't want to switch, don't.

If you are using Eudora and don't plan to retire soon, make the switch. Personally I am switching to Outlook. I like its features and capability. Yes I know Microsoft products get targeted but I think if you keep your anti-virus program and operating system updates current you will be fine. Plus more and more viruses get stopped by the campus mail servers and never even make it to your computer.

If you don't like Microsoft products, switch to Thunderbird. It is a good program and it is kind of exciting to support and be a part of the open source concept of programming.

If you are a Macintosh user and have OS X, the Mail program that comes with it is fine. Frankly, you are probably OK sticking with your current version of Eudora anyway. Some of you use Netscape Mail, that is fine. Thunderbird also has a Macintosh client. You have a lot of options.



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