Certified OpenPGP-encryption after release of Thunderbird 78

Robert J. Hansen rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Sat May 30 01:26:02 CEST 2020

> 1. Will key management and crypto happen in the same process as
> IMAP/POP/SMTP, GUI, JavaScript and everything else? If so - do you
> believe it's acceptable?

It should be an easy learning curve for Enigmail users.  That isn't the
same as finding it acceptable, though.

Back in the mid-'90s PGP came out with a GUI for PGP 5, and it's
universally agreed at user interface was horrific.  (See "Why Johnny
Can't Encrypt" for a detailed teardown.)  The problem was that this
horrific user interface became the standard user interface, and most
OpenPGP key managers ever since have adopted it.  Those that haven't
adopted it, nobody uses, because their UI is so different than
everything else.

> 2. Is there any real plan to have working smartcard support in the
> near future?

No.  There's some talk about supporting it, but as far as I know there's
no plan to do it.  It's still at the "you know, it'd be kind of nice
if..." stage, not the "we really should do this" stage.

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