#461 Proper-If-Any PGP Support?

Some Future Release
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nobody
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2003-04-29
2003-04-21
Anonymous
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Dear Development Team,

Although I have gotten GPG running under OSX before, I must say that
it is a very ugly business. GPG is nowhere near as polished and easy
to use as PGP proper. What sizable bribe would it take for you to add
full-on standard PGP support?

Thanks for even producing Fire, its an excellent client.

Discussion

  • Alan Humpherys
    Alan Humpherys
    2003-04-29

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  • Alan Humpherys
    Alan Humpherys
    2003-04-29

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    Since PGP is licensed software, the open source community has developed GPG
    as a protocol-compatible alternative. Because PGP is not open, we cannot
    include it directly without paying a license fee (which does not make sense for
    free software)

    GPG will interoperate with other PGP clients out there, if they follow the same
    nuances that Fire does for signing and encrypting messages. (As well as key
    exchange.)

    We are just beginning work with other open source IM developers on some
    standards for cross client encryption and signing. You can track the beginnings
    of that discussion at:

    http://www.chat.solidhouse.com/smsn/

    Also, with the release of Fink, it is relatively simple to install GPG on MacOS X.
    And use it with Fire.

    You can find more information about Fink at:

    http://fink.sourceforge.net/

    So in a nutshell, our forward direction will likely be with GPG, however, we will
    endeavor to make its use simpler and more integrated as time goes on.