September 04, 2003

Make it easy.

If you want me to use your software, then make it easy. That means:


  1. Download.
  2. Run to install.
  3. Yes to default options.
  4. Use it.

OK? That's it. No jumping through hoops. No god-awful alleged interface 'toolkit'.

Sigh.

  :::  a Thought ritual performed at 03:33 PM   :::   ritual observers [1]   :::  



Comments

I'm the guy who hosts the example given for "jumping through hoops".

GnuPG would integrate much more nicely with Outlook except that Microsoft (and they certainly aren't the only ones) do not provide adequate programmer interfaces to make third party tools "just work". Yes, GnuPG on Outlook is a kluge.

If you want to see a better example, try getting GnuPG to work with the MacIntosh Mail.app. It's much more seemless, easy to install, and just works. That's what I use most of the time.

GnuPG is meant to be portable. Each OS has its own packaging mechanism. It does not depend on GTK+ or any other god-awful alleged toolkit. It does not have a GUI interface of its own. It's up to third party people to package it for installation and to provide slick GUI interfaces for those who are into that sort of thing. As I mentioned, the Mac folks have done a bang-up job of making a simple point-and-click interface to installing GnuPG and using it with one of the better email apps on that platform.

Posted by: Magnus at September 4, 2003 04:50 PM
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