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24.Apr.2022



Email client: YAM development discontinued
The last Nightly Build is almost a year old: As the authors of the Amiga email client YAM now confirmed to us on request, the development has been stopped.

The reasons for this are manifold: Basically it became more and more obvious over the years how difficult it was to develop something for the Amiga platform. The lack of progress in the operating system itself makes it more and more difficult to make Amiga programs in general and YAM in particular fit for the current (security) standards compared to other systems (Linux, Windows, macOS). Almost every feature has to be developed for every platform (AmigaOS 3.x, AmigaOS 4, AROS, MorphOS) completely by oneself, because the respective operating system does not provide it. Thus one would have to port the complete SSL system in the newest version to all platforms. If UTF8 is to be supported as a universal standard for encoding any text, the complete conversion in both directions would have to be developed 100% in-house, because the operating system supports UTF8 only insufficiently, if at all. In return, however, the expectations of the users are linked to the progress of the other systems: An Amiga should still be able to do the same as other systems. This expectation can be fulfilled to a certain degree, but only with enormous development effort. This enormous additional effort, however, is in contrast to the ever decreasing number of developers. The remaining YAM developers have completely detached themselves from the Amiga and are now pursuing projects on other platforms.

In the past it had also not been possible to inspire new developers to work on YAM (and also on all other projects). Depending on that: YAM (like the other projects) is an open source project. If you like, you are welcome to create a fork of it and start developing immediately.

Finally, a brief summary of the history:

In our German database, there is a first entry about version 2 of the e-mail client 'YAM' from October 23, 1998. The original author Marcel Beck started the development of a first, very limited version already in 1995. The program was so popular that there was even a dedicated newsletter. In just such a newsletter the author then announced in October 2000 that he would give up development due to lack of time. Version 2.2 was the last one published by him. In June 2001 the YAM Open Source Team released his first version 2.3. (dr)

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