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Author: Adam Borowski
To: dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] TB and Enigmail
On Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 02:46:37PM +0900, Simon Walter wrote:
> On 2020-10-28 07:47, Rick Moen wrote:
> > I continue to like projects that are limited in feature scope enough to
> > not live or die by corporate underwriting. E.g., mutt continues to be
> > maintainable by a small group of motivated developers. When I want it
> > to be graphical, I run it in an xterm. ;->
> I totally agree. That is one reason I thought TB was a good choice over
> other, at the time, popular software such as Eudora and Outlook.

That's because you're not the target audience of those three. They're not
for hackers, but "normal" users. Of which there are two kinds:
* business (managers, marketing, sales, ...)
* home/non-office (a gamer teenager, a plumber, ...)

The first group was (and still is) a juicy target for money-making, so
IBM/Microsoft/... targetted them with comprehensive and intentionally
incompatible with others office suites. What we consider breakage is not
there because of stupidity, but is there by design.

The second group would be salvageable, up to early '90s. With the diverse
set of personal machines (Atari ST/Amiga/IBM PC/...), compatibility wasn't
something that could be ignored, and despite duking out of various standards
(like, above-ASCII encodings), people went a long way towards agreeing
together (eg. in Poland the Mazovia encoding won, despite efforts by
Microsoft -- but then got steamrolled out by Windows non-support).
But then came Windows monopoly...

In the meantime, people like me and you stuck to pine/elm/mutt/..., and
RFC-compliant etiquette.

These groups of people and tools are incompatible enough that I use two
* mutt for free software work
* thunderbird[1] for contacts with people in suits[2]
-- and it's exclusively the former group that uses GPG. Thus, crap support
in Thunderbird is not a problem for me -- I have yet to see a GPG-signed
piece of mail.


[1]. To be honest, 99% Outlook on a locked-down company laptop.
[2]. Who at my work wear sane clothing, but it's not about clothes...
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