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New Eudora Pro Mail System Will Replace Techmail

By Thomas R.Karlo
Contributing Editor

Information Systems has begun to introduce Eudora Pro, a commercial electronic mail program that will replace Techmail, the software package traditionally distributed to MIT users.

"We started thinking about changing programs about a year ago,"said Carol A. Elder, training lab coordinator for Computing Support Services. "We felt it would make sending files and working between Macintoshes and PCs a lot easier. Also, the application would now be the same on both platforms," she said.

Eudora is an e-mail program produced by Qualcomm, Inc. The software is available for both Macintosh and Windows machines connected to MITnet either by Ethernet or point-to-point protocol dialup connections like Tether, the Institute's PPPdialup system.

Eudora will be the latest piece of network software IS distributes free to users of MITnet. IS is making it available free to members of the MITcommunity under a site license agreement with Qualcomm.

So far, users have encountered no major difficulties in migrating from Techmail to Eudora. "We encountered some first-day conflicts with other programs on Macintoshes, but we were able to fix them and now have a list of solutions to common problems,"Elder said.

"Not many students are using Eudora so far," said Kevin E. Fu '98, a residential computer consultant at Baker House. "At the help desk we get a lot of people using Eudora. I'm guessing it's more faculty, but more faculty used Techmail. Students are more used to the Athena environment."

"Ilike Eudora a lot better," said Henry Chiu '97, who installed the software on his PC. "It's a lot easier to organize and sort your mail. I think it's just more convenient.

"It can encode and decode files for sending by e-mail," unlike Techmail, Chiu said.

IS will continue to support Techmail users for the near future and will assist them in switching to Eudora before Techmail is completely phased out.

Eudora, together with information on installing and using the program with MITnet, can be obtained on the World-Wide Web at http://web.mit.edu/tps/www/eudora/. The software can downloaded from MIT's "net-dist" distribution servers using either an Appleshare or FTP client.