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Monday, January 3, 2011

gpg4win 2.1.0-rc1 making progress

It is nice to report that Gpg4Win 2.1.0-rc1 has made small progress in fixing some of issue unearthed previously with respect to its problem in running in TChinese XP. Now a user running TChinese can use the GPA's user interface to submit passphrase to create a key.

However, the Windows Explorer integration is still failing as reported. Sadly Kleopatra.exe still does not run when the "Language Settings for Non-Unicode Programs" is not set to English.

This Unix-Windows program still has a long way to go to achieve the environmental correctness of Firefox, Thunderbird, or TrueCrypt.

As a result, it is recommended users not to install GpgEX (the Windows Explorer integraion) as it is the very flaky and only works when your "Language Settings for Non-Unicode Programs" is set to English.

GPA is surprisingly usable if you can put up with some very foreign UI and appears to be unaffected by the "Language Settings for Non-Unicode Programs". It also works in TChinese Windows but not internationalized.
It stands out like a sore thumb when other programs in the TChinese XP have localized menu. Surely Unix/Linux is capable of handling Internationalization.

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