Win32 Installation Package for GPG/WinPT (new)
Fri, 15 Dec 2000 10:04:23 -0700
After searching in vain for a user-friendly alternative to command-line GPG
and the increasingly commercialized PGP, I have finally cobbled together
something that I think will work, at least for communications between me
and and my clients and colleagues.
Without modifying the source of either GPG or WinPT, I've put together an
installation package that allows users to install both programs without
needing to access the command prompt. (Let's face it, most people don't
even know what the command prompt is nowadays.) It also allows users to
encrypt and decrypt files with a simple "drag-and-drop" interface and
allows generation of a key pair by filling out a text template. There is a
documentation folder with the various documentation in PDF and text,
including a very basic "how to" overview I've written.
A performance benefit is the integration of command-line ZIP compression
("copyleft" licensed) with encryption. Compressing data before encryption
makes cryptanalysis of the ciphertext much more difficult, and PGP does
this automatically for that reason.
The installation executable is at ftp://eepatents.com/clients/gpg32.exe.
The ZIP file with the exe's contents is at
It's somewhat thrown together as none of the source code is modified, and
it is definitely not a stable release yet, but I think it will achieve the
ease-of-use objective I've got in mind. While I will continue to wait for
GPA, I think this will do the job for my purposes.I think it ties Timo's
work nicely into GPG, with support for "idiot proof" DH/DSS keygen and file
Suggestions would be most welcome, especially an easy way to allow
encryption of files to any recipient. If anyone wants to modify the GPG
source code and/or to use the Windows Scripting Host to make this a clear
package with less reliance on DOS batch files, that would be great.
P.S. - I highly recommend the "Powerarchiver" compression software for
Win32. Its freeware license looks a lot like the GPL. See
http://www.powerarchiver.com. It works better than any compression utility
I've used, and it is compatible with just about every compression format.
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