Short: YAM 2.6p1 - MUI-based E-mail client
Author: YAM Open Source Team (http://www.yam.ch/)
Uploader: Jens Langner <Jens.Langner@light-speed.de>
Requires: AmigaOS 3.0+, MorphOS or AROS, MUI 3.8+, 68020+/PPC604e+
Architecture: ppc-amigaos >= 4.0.5; m68k-amigaos >= 3.0; ppc-morphos >= 1.4.2; i386-aros; ppc-aros; x86_64-aros
YAM - Version 2.6p1
YAM (Yet Another Mailer) lets you send and receive electronic mail (e-mail)
over the Internet and maintain archives of messages in your computer via a
graphical user interface. The idea came to the original author (Marcel
Beck) back in 1995 when he first tried using e-mail. The programmes
available at the time were either powerful but complicated to configure, or
else used a too limiting user interface. The goal, therefore, was to
program a cross between AdMail and AirMail, with a few ideas coming from
While earlier versions of YAM were developed closed source, today's
versions are developed by an independent open source community. Since the
year 2000 a group of mixed developers maintain YAM and release new versions
from time to time. While these versions are all targeted for the Amiga
platform, versions of different AmigaOS incarnations are supplied. This
includes native PowerPC ports to modern Amiga platforms like AmigaOS4 or
MorphOS. But also releases for the AmigaOS reimplementation project AROS.
Before you start the installation
YAM 2.5+ not only uses newer configuration files, the files used to store
separate emails are named differently as well. Therefore, before you start
the installation script to overwrite your existing installation, it's
strongly recommended that you create a backup of your old YAM installation,
including all folders and configuration files. Afterwards you can install
the update into your old YAM directory if you wish. On start-up, YAM 2.5+
will automatically convert your old configuration files to the new 2.5+
format, and after being started, YAM will rename your old emails as
necessary, always under your control. It is also recommended that you
re-save your configuration as soon as possible in order to update your
.config file to the new format, which will reveal all the new options
In addition, please note that since YAM 2.5 no YAM: assign is required
anymore. That means, you may even install it in a new location and start it
right away from there without having to touch your old installation.
Afterwards you may manually import the mails from your old installation.
Here's a list (in alphabetical order) of the brave developers who have
contributed to the 2.6 release line up to now:
And here's a PARTIAL list of the changes in this version with respect to
the previous official update (2.5):
YAM 2.6p1 (bugfix release):
- improved general stability by having fixed several memory leaks, important
bugs and situations where YAM crashed under certain circumstances.
- fixed the tons of "empty" themes warnings in case NOIMAGEWARNING tooltype
or a themes "NoImageWarning" option is set.
- fixed the "Jump on XXX" config settings to better interact with each other.
- fixed keyboard usage (cursor left/right) to switch between the folder and
- fixed some endianess cases so that the AROS build for i386 works more
- fixed the spam filter to handle its 'inactive' state better and not reset
all values anymore on that occassion. Now it is possibile to turn off
the SPAM filter all together.
- fixed display of the poppen objects for MUI 3.8 installations.
- the attachment show window will now display the mail part description
in a separate column.
- fixed problems with important mails containing X-Status: and Status:
as local headers.
- fixed bug in the "avoid duplicates" functionality which caused that
not all mails have been shown in a preselection window.
- updated the included AISS based theme to require at least AISS 4.8
- fixed the mail attachment management to not use internal file names
for the "Content-Disposition" header of attachments.
- fixed mail search functionality to correctly handle mail header searches.
- fixed XPK packer scanning to show all installed packers correctly.
- fixed the startup to handle multi user installation more smoothly.
- fixed the installation script to get the installation going again.
- updated translations for czech, french, german, greek, italian and swedish
- updated default theme images by Martin 'Mason' Merz.
- added import and export functions for alien address books (i.e. XML files
as used by SimpleMail).
- AmigaOS4.1's new notification system will can used to inform the user about
new received mails.
- improved handling of header lines in general and especially malformed header
lines by certain Microsoft software.
- improved download and export speed of mails by optimizing the amount of data
shown on the screen. Overall the speed increased about 200%.
- improved the spam handling by treating the user's address book as a white
- rewritten RFC2047 and RFC2822 routines to match the current RFC
- individual character sets can now be configured for reading and writing mails
instead of having one character set for all actions.
- improved ARexx command handling and extended command set.
- all error messages which occured during a mail transfer now include the
account name to make it easier to spot the faulty account in case a user has
more than one account at the same provider.
- mail attachments are displayed as a scrollable virtual group to be able to
show an unlimited number of files.
- all balance object use the new NBalance.mcc class which supports custom
- foreign characters with a mail may be converted to either "?" or similar look
- reduced overall stack usage by using dynamically allocated memory when needed.
- the text font and style can be configured independently for reading and
writing mails .
- the spam training data can be optimized to keep the data base small by removing
very rarely used word.
- made the date scanning of birthdays locale aware.
- added various AROS versions (i386, ppc, x86_64).
- added NOSPLASHWINDOW tooltype to start/quit YAM silently.
- on AmigaOS4.1 the new URL: device will be preferred over openurl.library to
invoke a browser.
- lots of other improvement we don't remember right now (keep in mind:
more than 2 years of development was put into YAM 2.6!) :)
If you want to have a more detailed technical information on what was
actually changed, please have a look at the included 'ChangeLog' file.
What is still missing?
- lots of translators! YAM 2.4 featured lots of different languages, but
due to the large amount of changed texts these catalogs are completely
outdated. Especially support for such common languages as Danish,
Finnish, Spanish, etc. is currently missing. If you are a native speaker
of a language that YAM does not offer (anymore), then please contact us.
- lots of documentation! As with the translation, the documentation largely
lags behind. Again, if you are a native speaker (even for English) and if
you are interested in updating/writing YAM's documentation then please
- now that YAM 2.5+ comes with a new themes management, users are free to
create own themes in a fashion that allow them to exchange them with
other users. So go and create your own themes and submit them via
Due to lack of time and motivation, Marcel Beck stopped working on YAM back
in 2000, but the sources were released under the GNU General Public License
at SourceForge.net. If you want to help developing this program further or
perhaps you are considering a port to a different operating system, please
consider joining the YAM Open Source team instead of doing it on your own.
Our home page is at http://www.yam.ch/ from which you can obtain all
necessary information to contact us. We want to hear from you!
If you like the development of YAM and you want to give our open source
developers an additional motivation to continue to update YAM in future or
if you simply want to say "Thanks", the YAM project accepts money donations
via PayPal. All the donations during a release cycle are collected and
divided by considering the activity of each developer during the time the
development lasted. This way we hope to attract more developers in future,
which in turn should give you a new version more quickly.
So in case you want to support our efforts to develop a modern up2date
e-mail client for modern AmigaOS-based systems, please consult the above
URL for more information on how to donate to us.
As YAM is an open source development effort, we have several online
resources cover your daily YAM needs:
http://www.yam.ch/ - Official Support Homepage
http://download.yam.ch/ - Direct path to the download page
http://faq.yam.ch/ - Online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
http://bugs.yam.ch/ - Bugtracker and Feature Requests
http://forum.yam.ch/ - Web-based online forum
http://nightly.yam.ch/ - Access to automatic nightly developer
http://svn.yam.ch/ - Web-based source code SVN access
http://stats.yam.ch/ - Daily updated development statistics
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