OpenPGP vs. GnuPG (was: GPG and PGP Compatibility)
michael.kallas at web.de
Tue Oct 17 22:17:45 CEST 2006
Conan Purves schrieb:
> Theoretically speaking, what is the difference between PGP and GPG? Is
> it just a different management tool handling the same encryption
> algorithm or is there some further translation between the two?
They are two tools sharing the principles of public-key encryption.
PGP was implemented first. Sadly being non-free, many people considered
it not usable for security tasks.
Thus, a Free Software implementation was started, that's GnuPG.
Further, a standard  was drafted so other tools could be created
which share the same principles. Or maybe this is nonsense and someone
can correct me. ;)
> Why does my Enigmail menu on Thunderbird say OpenPGP, but it is using the
> GnuGPG engine?
Should be answered above. :)
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