Announces on Usenet

Well, it looks like even the usenet archives are losing memory of the post I published on Usenet newsgroups about the WebMail. As they are part of the project, here they are:

First announcement on comp.infosystems.www.announce, just about the demo:

From: Luca Manunza <>
Subject: SOFTWARE: WebMail, a www interface to e-mail
Date: 10 Mar 1995 16:35:57 -0800

We have developed a WWW interface to POP3 that supports 
(almost) all the standard functions of a mail-reader like Eudora.

An "active" demo can be found at <URL:>

The demo is currently in italian, but you should get the idea.

WebMail will be distributed to scientific and educational non-profit
organizations anywhere in the world free of charge, however a licence
has to be acquired. Send e-mail to for further

Luca Manunza <>

Second announcement, the public release with registration procedure:

Date: Thu, 30 Mar 95 15:45:57 +0100
From: Luca Manunza <>
Subject:  Re: SOFT> WebMail, a www interface to e-mail (fwd)

Dear future WebMail user,

We are now ready to distribute WebMail 1.21.
This version is the first public release. It has been tested
on these systems:

- DEC Alpha running OSF/1 v3.0
        Perl 4.036 and Perl 5.001
        POP3 server UCB v1.7
        Sendmail 5.65 (
        NCSA HTTP deamon v1.3

- IBM RS/6000 running AIX v3.2
        Perl 4.036
        POP3 server UCB v1.7
        Sendmail 5.67b/IDA-1.5
        NCSA HTTP deamon v1.3

- PC486 running LINUX 1.1.59 (Slackware 2.1)
        Perl 4.018
        POP3 server 1.004
        Sendmail 8.6.9
        CERN HTTP deamon v3.0

The WebMail pages look has been tuned using Netscape 1.0,
but it works as well with Mosaic.

To get a copy of WebMail 1.21 use the URL

Please, fill all fields of the registration form.

If your registration is accepted, a new page will appear, 
containing a link toward the distribution archive.
We have tried to make the installation procedure fast and easy.
Please, read all DOC files and the README.1ST.

Thanks for your interest in WebMail.

Luca Manunza.


So.. welcome to my blog. I decided to open this page mostly to tell the history of how and why I came up with the idea of creating the WebMail.

My WebMail was written in Perl 4, during February 1995. The 1.0 version was completed Feb 20, 1995 but it wasn’t officially released but for a few people who had their mailboxes hosted in CRS4’s mail server.

This the short history of releases:
* February 20, 1995 – version 1.0 – non public
* March 10, 1995 – interactive demo – webmail was announced on comp.infosystems.www.announce and a demo was available
* March 14, 1995 – version v1.14 – non public
* March 22, 1995 – version 1.20 – this wasn’t announced but available for download on CRS4 website
* March 30, 1995 – version 1.21 – first public release announced on comp.infosystems.www.announce
* April 28, 1995 – version 1.22
* May 8, 1995 – version 1.22a

Here you will find the archive I made at the time, to preserve the source code and all the material of the project. I found the archive in a very old CDROM taking dust on a shelf of my desk. I was surprised it was still readable!

So, since I believe it’s a piece of the history of Internet as we know it, I decided to put it here, freely downloadable by anyone as it was at the time I released it in early 1995 while I was working at CRS4.