PGP Desktop and Apple OS X 10.5 Leopard

They don’t work well. Especially not for a critical application.

We’re not talking about a personal productivity software here. We’re talking about privacy, keys, encrypted disks full of vital data, encrypted files and encrypted e-mails that you may have to forget about if PGP Desktop continues to fail us.

So here are some sources for Disappointed Users of PGP Desktop

Free yourself from the shackles of PGP Corporation.

Start experimenting with Mac GNU Privacy Guard today!

Here are some pointers:

Visit the official MacGPG source to download: macgpg.sourceforge.net

Get the GPGMail (mail.app bundle) from the wonderful Sente: Direct download of GPGMail Beta

Enjoy.

Thunderbird is even simpler:
Download Mozilla: www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/
Install GPG as above
Download and install Enigmail add-on for Thunderbird: enigmail.mozdev.org
You are done.

In my case, I was able to import my old PGP keys to MacGPG by using the Keychain access tool that is part of GPG.

And ask yourself. Was it worth the trouble of dealing with PGP Corporation?

PGP corporation tells tall stories about beta software, how their app is intricately woven into the OS etc etc. The truth is public key encryption does not need to be this complicated.

I have a very simple question for them. Actually two:
– How can you manage to fail doing something that a guy like Sente was able to pull in a week or so? Oh, sure, PGPC will talk about software quality, testing and so on. Surely, we’ve learned something about quality from the PGP Corporation.
– How can you manage not to come up with a stable application for so many years?

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4 Responses to “PGP Desktop and Apple OS X 10.5 Leopard”


  1. 1 Rob December 5, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Er, but GPGMail and GPG Keychain Access don’t run in Leopard either.

  2. 2 Jack Repenning January 8, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    About that “install enigmail” step: how? Any hints? I’m following the directions (“download, add-ons, click install, restart tbird”). I found an install.log in /Applications/Thunderbird.app/Contents/, that says “successful”. But when tbird comes back up … no enigmail.

    – Do you not see Enigmail under Tools – Add Ons?

  3. 3 CPS November 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Do you have any information about GPG for Mac OS X Leopard 106?


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