Full Article Attached Mail/News Performance Effort Underway

Friday November 2nd, 2001

Seth Spitzer today sent an update out about what the Mail/News team is doing to meet their goals for Mozilla 1.0. They'll be focusing almost 100% of their effort for at least the next two milestones (0.9.7, 0.9.8) on Footprint and Performance of the various parts of Mail, News, and Addressbook. Not only will they be focusing on it, they'll also be locking down their part of the tree and only accepting performance or footprint fixes. Very few exceptions will be made. Click the Full Article link to see Seth's full post.

#8 PGP is not even half-there

by Gerv

Saturday November 3rd, 2001 12:57 PM

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> PGP integrationm, which was already been written (bug 22687).

This is not true. NAI wrote a PGP implementation which was not judged technically suitable. The back end was a closed-source PGP module which has never been released. Now NAI have sold off PGP, the future of that module is uncertain, and the developer assigned to working on it is off doing something else.

Of course the current documents are all about S/MIME - because that's the only mail encryption scheme which has a working implementation. As far as I can see, the UI looks general enough to be used for either - and if not, could be generalised easily when a PGP implementation actually turns up.

The situation with PGP is this: the architectural barriers are now out of the way because the Mail/News team have written the interfaces they asked the PGP guy to write. So, anyone could write a PGP plugin along the lines of S/MIME. (You'd need to find or write PGP code that is tri-licenseable.) Once someone comes up with one, _then_ we can talk about getting it into the tree. If it doesn't get in, it might well be possible to make a few tweaks so it can be an XPI. But speculating is pointless. The people who want PGP have to go away and _write_ it.