Improving product summary in announcement (Re: [Announce] GnuPG 2.2.14 released)

Andre Heinecke aheinecke at
Wed Mar 20 16:12:46 CET 2019


Thank you for your input. But:

On Wednesday 20 March 2019 10:28:13 CET Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> Am Dienstag 19 März 2019 12:28:25 schrieb Werner Koch:
> > The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG, GPG) is a complete and free implementation
> > of the OpenPGP and S/MIME standards.
> Noticed that "S/MIME" also includes the email part, 
> which I don't think GnuPG fully provides.
> Cryptography is complicated enough, so we should try to be as clear as we 

For this reason I _never_ mention CMS in any user visible string. Even x509 
Certificates are "S/MIME Certificates". Users do "OpenPGP" or they do "S/MIME" 
they have "OpenPGP Keys" or "S/MIME Certificates". I try in my work to reduce 
the distinction in the wording between Keys and Certificates.

> What about
> "The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG, GPG) provides a complete and free engine
>  to implement email and file cryptography by OpenPGP and S/MIME standards."

But you say above that you do not want to complicate things?

>  Or maybe
> "The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG, GPG) is a complete and free implementation
>  of the OpenPGP and CMS standards needed for OpenPGP/- or S/MIME mails."

CMS is for developers. In my experience users do not know it and should not be 
exposed to it, ever. Personally I've used GnuPG for S/MIME and OpenPGP for 
years before I even knew what CMS meant.

Yep it's all not technically correct but we want to provide a good user 
experience and that is not helped by adding confusing "technically correct" 

Best Regards,

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