new release of GPA

David Chadwick d.w.chadwick at
Tue Oct 30 17:40:38 CET 2012

Perhaps our anonymous user would like us to use his free software 
because it has nice backdoors in it that allow certain organisations to 
decrypt all our encrypted emails. And without access to the source code, 
we can never be sure that there aren't any. So I would not touch it with 
a barge pole



On 29/10/2012 20:41, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> On 10/29/2012 04:28 PM, User wrote:
>> It is free and it says "Freeware" right on the page where the
>> reference to downloading it was shown:
> It is not Free Software.
> "'Free software' means software that respects users' freedom and
> community.  Roughly, the users have the freedom to run, copy,
> distribute, study, change and improve the software. ... 'free software'
> is a matter of liberty, not price.  To understand the concept, you
> should think of 'free' as in 'free speech,' not as in 'free beer.'"
> GPGshell is free-as-in-beer software, but it is not free-as-in-speech
> software.  Quoting from :
> "Do you publish your source-codes?
> No!  But when you've got the source-code for Windows, you can ask me again."
> GPGshell does not make their source code available to their users.  That
> means it cannot be considered Free Software under GNU's definition.  And
> since this mailing list is associated with GNU, and GNU requests that
> people not recommend the use of nonfree software, I think it's only
> reasonable that we comply with their request.
>> And there was no disrespect intended from what I can see. "The fact
>> remains that..." the GnuPG product is apparently broken and the OP
>> was looking for a GUI program. Not everyone wants to use a CLI.
> "Broken" is pretty strong language.
> Not everyone wants a CLI, true.  That doesn't mean GnuPG is broken: it
> means that GnuPG does not satisfy the needs of some users.
>> Well have you seen what all it can do?
> No, because I use the CLI.
>> At least twice as many of the Gpg commands and options are accessible
>> from the GUI, and how many enhancements to GPA have there been in the
>> last few years?  Seems like the GUI and the Windows port in
>> particular exist out of deference at best.
> Could you perhaps make a list of, say, the top five features GPGshell
> supports that GPA doesn't?  Things that you, yourself, use regularly,
> and which would make GPA better suited for you?  I'm sure the GPA
> maintainers would be very interested in hearing it.
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