GnuPG 1.0.4-1 + IDEA for Windows

Werner Koch
Sun, 24 Dec 2000 12:44:03 +0100

On Sun, 24 Dec 2000, Graham wrote:

> Again, I agree, but see my comments above. GnuPG needs to be more
> Windows-friendly, and I feel that Windows OS is being supported almost
> as an afterthought (I mean no disrespect to Werner here). First, we
No. I am very used to write portable programs and if you look at the source, there is not much difference between the Windows and the GNU source code. I have decided to use GTK+ to write GUI, so that it can be be easly "ported" to Windows. And actually it was really easy in the beginning. Later it turned out that some subtle problems with piping under Windows have to be solved and I hope I did this meanwhile with GPGME. So, there is just one source code. Timo's WinPT is a pretty nice tools wich is moving repidly forward and we will soon have something similiar to NAI's PGP. A nice installer should be ready in early January.
> superiority) of GnuPG. Secondly, we need full keyserver support
TIMO has implemnted this in WinPT and doing that for GnuPG is just some minor (but boring) coding. I'll do this as soon as I find the time for it or someone contributes the changes (hint, hint).
> through that GUI. Finally, we need IDEA support as an official plug-in,
am not going to distribuite it, but I already promised that the extension mechanism will work in th next version and you can already find the pacthes inthe ML archive. With the extension stuff, we have the same situation as under Unix and so this "problem" should go away. BTW, I am hacking on Sylpheed (a very nice grahical MUA) and I have some reason to believe that I can port it to Windows (I can already run it and set the preferences). Then you will have a real nice Windows MUA with full MIME support. Another chance for a nice MUA is Mahogany; the only problem I see is that it uses the plain Artistic license and we are not sure whether it is really a free license and compatible to the GPL - we have asked the authors, but they didn't respond. These MUAs are just a temporary solution until we are ready to bring full support to Outlook. Werner -- Archive is at - Unsubscribe by sending mail with a subject of "unsubscribe" to