Thunderbird 78, Enigmail and OpenPGP secure email

Patrick Cloke patrick at cloke.us
Tue Oct 8 11:50:44 UTC 2019


On 10/8/19 3:20 AM, Kai Engert wrote:

> This message is related to today's announcement on the Thunderbird blog:
> https://blog.mozilla.org/thunderbird/2019/10/thunderbird-enigmail-and-openpgp/
>
> Two popular technologies exist that add support for end-to-end
> encryption and digital signatures to email. Thunderbird has been
> offering built-in support for S/MIME for many years, and will continue
> to do so.
>
> The Enigmail Add-on has made it possible to use Thunderbird with
> external GnuPG software for OpenPGP messaging.
>
> Because Thunderbird 78 will no longer support classic Add-ons, the
> current Thunderbird 68.x branch (maintained until Fall 2020) will be the
> last that can be used with Enigmail.
>
> As a replacement, the Thunderbird team intends to develop integrated
> OpenPGP messaging for the next major version of Thunderbird, which will
> be released in summer 2020 (likely version 78).
>
> We are happy that Patrick Brunschwig, who has been developing and
> maintaining the Enigmail Add-on for many years, has offered to assist
> the Thunderbird development team.
>
> Many details need to be considered for this initiative.
>
> Please have a look at the following article which describes the approach
> we'd like to take:
>   https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird:OpenPGP:2020
>
> If you have feedback, please post it to this list.
>
> This feature was originally requested in
>   https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=22687
>
> Kai

Kai,

Awesome news! I think this is an important feature to bring to our users.

Will there be a migration path from users who are using Enigmail to
Thunderbird native PGP? I understand that not all options, etc. will
want to be supported, but having to not setup PGP again would be nice.

Looking forward to seeing this in Thunderbird!

--Patrick



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