Proposal for a Desktop Neutral Crypto API
nielsen at memberwebs.com
Fri Apr 1 23:55:38 EEST 2005
I've drafted a proposal for a DBUS encryption API. It's meant to be
desktop neutral, and encryption system neutral (ie: OpenPGP vs. S/MIME).
I'm the maintainer of Seahorse, a GNOME encryption interface. Many of us
on the Seahorse project, and I'm sure others, have seen the need for an
API which abstracts desktop encryption. This API would be used in email
programs and file manager plugins to provide basic encryption services
to the user.
This DBUS API would allow any program to call desktop crypto services
regardless of what toolkit or desktop it's designed for.
Consumers of this API could include:
- Konqueror (with a plugin)
- Nautilus (with a plugin)
- Instant Messaging Plugins?
- Some text editors?
Naturally this project has a wide scope, so I'd like to start a
discussion on what would need to be included in this API for your
project to be interested.
The Draft: http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Crypto
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