Future OpenPGP Support in Thunderbird

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Wed Oct 16 13:54:16 CEST 2019

On Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:07, Patrick Brunschwig said:

> something on their PC and more. Gpgme may handle some of these issues,
> but the fact remains: an external component makes things a lot more
> complex, especially for support.

Right GPGME handles this all pretty well and I have suggested often
enough that you should move to GPGME so that we can better support
Enigmail.  Your comment about external components is right from a
company POV; however Enigmail is also an external component to TB and
thus TB suffers from very similar problem.  GpgOL and GnuPG both are
maintained by us and thus I know very well this helps to reduce

The move to integrate OpenPGP in TB is important but also pretty risky
if it won't work for everyone right away from the start.  The big
advantage of TB/Enigmail is that it is cross-platform and often the only
way to have encrypted mail on macOS.  I know several media companies who
badly suffered when GpgTools were not able to get their plugin working
on a new macOS version.  Their journalists were then forced to use TB
and not their, for whatever reason, beloved apple mailer.  Let's hope
that at least of one is always working.



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