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[Fwd: Announcing VM Mail Reader, version 8.1.1]

From: Uday S Reddy
Subject: [Fwd: Announcing VM Mail Reader, version 8.1.1]
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 19:32:23 +0100
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20090812)

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Announcing VM Mail Reader, version 8.1.1
Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 16:04:06 +0100
From: Uday S Reddy <address@hidden>
Organisation: Janet Usenet Reading Service.
Newsgroups: comp.emacs,,comp.emacs.xemacs

The VM Mail Reader version 8.1.1 has been released and is available for 
download from its Savannah home:

For people that might not have heard of VM before, VM is one of the oldest mail 
readers developed for Emacs.  Created by Kyle Jones starting in 1989, it is the 
main mail reader in XEmacs.  It supports the old RMAIL mail format of Gnu 
Emacs, as well as the Unix mbox formats used by Thunderbird and other mail 
clients.  So, it is quite normal and convenient to switch back and forth 
between VM and other mail clients.

Kyle's involvement with VM tapered off around 2003 and VM got handed over to 
the user community for maintenance.  Robert Widhopf-Fenk was in charge of it 
till around 2008, and Ulrich Mueller and I joined the team in late 2009.

The 8.1.x series of VM incorporates about 2 years worth of development, 
possibly even more.  The main new features include full support for IMAP 
servers, integration with Emacs/W3M for reading HTML email, inter-operation 
with Thunderbird, and clean support for international character sets (which 
took quite some time to get right).  Active development of VM continues.

VM is not included in Gnu Emacs distribution due to copyright issues, but it is 
included in XEmacs, Debian, Fedora and FreeBSD distributions.  However, these 
distributions would be a couple of versions behind.  Go to the VM home page for 
the latest stable releases.

Uday Reddy
(VM Development Team)

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