[Winpt-users] Consolidation, Differences, Overlap in Features, ETC......
Juan Ignacio Gaviria
gaviria at fastmail.fm
Sun Feb 5 16:41:24 CET 2006
I share your thoughts about overlapping features in the programs included in
the gpg4win project. This is rather confusing.
I had the opportunity to use what I think was the first WinPT installer,
along with the GPGOE plugin (for Outlook Express). Sure, there were some
glitches in installing and configuring, but everything I needed semed to be
there (even a fairly good spanish *.mo).
Then I tried the GnuPT installer which included GPGrelay. The installer
worked fine. I went through all the steps and configured a Gmail account to
work with GPGrelay from inside Outlook Express and to smoothly accomodate my
SpamPal and Avast! requisites. I had to use Stunnel and Open SSL. It works
fine but I still keep my GPGOE plugin working and, frankly, I like this one
Finally, I downloaded the installer for the gpg4win project, for my office
computer, whose hard disk had been formatted. No problems with the
instalation process, but there is plenty of redundant features with dictinct
interfaces which I do not think I need. I uninstalled it and went back to
the GnuPt install program.
So, to tell you the truth, I am for a consolidation process, taking WinPT as
the "axis" and certainly I am for taking GPGOE development out of the
There is more: I do not know if I am talking nonsense but I think that
Installing is required because some entries must be written to Windows'
registry. If this could be avoided we would be able to use straight from a
memory stick (pendrive). That would be very nice, Timo.
Juan Ignacio Gaviria
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Jones" <alan at ajsquared.us>
To: <winpt-users at wald.intevation.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 11:22 PM
Subject: [Winpt-users] Consolidation, Differences, Overlap in
[Several Questions and thought all rolled in to one e-mail so please
bear with me. Not directly related to WinPT but figured this was the
best place to start]
I have long been following WinPT http://www.winpt.org . I have always
liked the interface, features etc. The only thing I felt was missing
was in installer for people that were not comfortable with zipping and
At the same time with work I have had to use Outlook (& Exchange) so I
have had an interest in the development of GPGol
http://www.g10code.de/p-gpgol.html but have not actually tried GPGol yet
as there was not a good installer and it seemed like it was still under
I see there is a new installer coming out called gpg4win
http://www.gpg4win.org/ that is in development that has the above
packages and others. I am not clear what the current status of it is...
Is it stable, usable, creating appropriate icons and system entries?
I don't know much about the gpg4win project, but I hope the installer
gives a good brief description of each program and allows the user to
chose if they want to install all or a subset of the programs.
There seems to be a fair amount of overlap in features between all the
programs part of the gpg4win project. Can anyone delve into the details
of what and why certain programs made it into the project and
The old installer that some used had GPGRelay, but I did not see that
included. Why is that?
What I would love to see is the universal installer that sounds like it
is in development with a universal Keymanager etc. Several of these
GnuPG shells have their own Keymanager when it seems like it would be
benifical to the user and devlopers if the same Key Manager (and other
common areas) use the same code. So that WinPT, GPGol, GPA, GPGee, etc
all used the same common code and interface.
I know it may be out of the scope for some but it might be nice if the
gpg4win installer also came with Enigmail http://enigmail.mozdev.org/
the Thunderbird GNUpg interface.
Sorry for the long e-mail, just wanted to get all my questions in one
place instead of several small e-mails.
What do others think of the consolidated Key Manager ideas?
I will be interested to hear about some of the other thoughts and
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