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Alpine Messaging System now available for OS/2

January 03, 2008 by Nick S.

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service ++

From: Nick S.

The Alpine Messaging System is now available for OS/2 and eComStation. Alpine is a new version of the well-known Pine e-mail client, and keeps the same look-and-feel as Pine while adding a number of new features. The official announcement from the original developers is appended to this post.

I've also compiled the University of Washington's IMAP toolkit for OS/2, which provides POP2, POP3 and IMAP servers together with a few utilities for managing and delivering e-mail. These are much the same as the versions
shipped with Pine 4.64.

You can find further information at:

As this is the first release I expect there may be a few bugs in the packaging, documentation, etc. -- please let me know if you have any problems or any suggestions for how it might be improved for future versions.

Nick S.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 17:57:08 -0800 (PST)
From: Jeff Franklin
Subject: [Pine-announce] Alpine 1.00 now available

The University of Washington is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.00 of the Alpine Messaging System. On the surface, Alpine will appear strikingly similar to the Pine Message System, and it is upwards-compatible for existing Pine users.

You received this message because you are subscribed to the pine-announce mailing list. Since development of Pine has stopped, this should be the final message sent to pine-announce. There is a list called alpine-announce that serves the same purpose for Alpine. To subscribe, go to

Alpine is a fast, easy to use client that is suitable for both the inexperienced email user as well as for the most demanding of power users. Alpine can be learned by exploration and the use of context-sensitive help.
The user experience is highly customizable through the use of the Alpine Setup command.

Alpine is released under the Apache License, Version 2.0. The source code has been reorganized from the ground up to separate the user interface code from the underlying email engine itself. All of the source needed to build Unix, Windows, and Web-based mail user agents is included.

Besides the UNIX shell program, Alpine, and a Windows version called PC-Alpine; there is a new Web-based version of Alpine that is built on TCL and is designed to run under a suitable CGI-supporting web server such as Apache.

Additionally, Alpine's build and installation are now based on GNU autotools. For most Unix systems, building should be as easy as typing "./configure" followed by "make". See the included README for more information on build options, building PC-Alpine and installing Web Alpine.
Another fundamental improvement is Alpine's internal text handling, which is now based exclusively on Unicode. This allows displaying incoming messages and producing outgoing messages in many different languages. Alpine has been designed to work correctly with left-to-right character
sets using a fixed-width font. (A first-pass at preparing the source for localization [where messages from the program are in the user's native language] has also been completed, but no translations are available.)
While the source code was being rewritten and reorganized security was considered an important goal. Potential buffer overflows have been eliminated and it should be far easier for someone to audit the source code themselves for security problems.

To give Alpine a try, go to

Thanks and enjoy!

The Alpine Messaging System Team

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