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Mac Eudora: ‘So long and thanks for all the fish’

23 August 2011 2,296 views 3 Comments

If you were doing email on the Mac in the ’90s, chances are you used either Claris Emailer, may its dogcow soul rest in peace, or Mac Eudora. Now, even the latter is no longer an option — more collateral damage of Apple’s decision to kill Rosetta.

Back in June, well ahead of the launch, Qualcomm posted Important Announcement about Mac Eudora and Apple OS X 10.7 “Lion”, which delivers bad news about this once dominant email client:

In Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion”, Apple has removed support for “Rosetta”. It is Rosetta that allows Mac Eudora to continue to run under Mac OS X (up to and including OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”). Once you upgrade to OS X 10.7, Mac Eudora will no longer function.

Let’s repeat that: Mac Eudora WILL NOT run under Mac OS X 10.7 and later.

Before upgrading to OS X “Lion”, be sure to transfer all of your mail to another email client as you will no longer be able to access your mail using Mac Eudora.

So long and thanks for all the fish…

It’s important to note that the above message is in regard to Mac Eudora and NOT Eudora OSE, which is a universal application.

Goodbye, old friend

As its popularity faded in the noughties, Qualcomm open sourced Eudora in 2006, basing it on Mozilla Thunderbird. Eudora Open Source Edition continues, but Apple’s decision not to update the Rosetta PowerPC compatibility layer for OS X Lion formally doomed Mac Eudora.

If you’re using a PPC Mac and/or running Snow Leopard or an earlier version of OS X, it will still work, though it’s doubtful Eudora will ever be updated again.

In order to transition to Eudora OSE (open source edition), which is based on Thunderbird, you will need to export your data before upgrading to Lion.

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