We have GOT TO make things simpler

Robert J. Hansen rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Sat Oct 5 16:10:06 CEST 2019

> Not to rain your parade, but I follow the topic encryption since the mid '80s
> and can say nowadays that GnuPG has failed to become an email encryption
> product for the masses, which IIRC was the initial goal of Mr Zimmermann's PGP
> back in the early ninetees.

It was not to be an email encryption tool.  It was to be a *file*
encryption tool.

This is all that RFC1991 has to say about email:

"This radix-64 conversion ... is used to protect binary messages during
transmission over non-binary channels, such as Internet Email."

That's it.  The only other mention of "email" in the entire document is
to list email addresses for Derek Atkins, Bill Stallings, and Phil

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