When are you porting to linux?

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13 Jan, 2015 05:17 AM

linux folks would eat this stuff up!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 14 Jan, 2015 04:30 PM

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    Hi Rags,

    we take this question as a compliment :)

    But to be honest, with the workload we are currently facing, expaning to other OSs is everything but a near term goal.

    What the future may bring though? I wouldn't dare to say.


  2. 2 Posted by Wayne Johnston on 21 Mar, 2015 12:28 PM

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    Yeah I heard about this via the DDG contribution page and came here all excited only to find it is yet another OS X -only application. Why is it that Mac developers, even when they do open source, seem to always target OS X only? You guys have benefited immensely from the Linux ecosystem of open source tools and technologies, is it really so much to ask that you give a little back?

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 21 Mar, 2015 04:22 PM

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    Hey Wayne,

    GPG Suite can't be just ported over to Linux. GPGMail integrates into OS X Mail.app. Mail.app is OS X only. So if we decided to target Linux, that would mean a rewrite from scratch and it would also be an entirely different GPG Suite.

    Considering the fact, that the dev time we have is already stretched very thin, this is totally out of scope. And I don't think users would be happy to have two extremely buggy products for two platforms.

    We can't speak for "mac developers" in general, but often, making your software work on one platform, is more than enough work for tiny indie devs like we are. I don't think there's a lot of good examples for cross platform software, which have outstandingly great UX and UI.

    I would not suspect a lack of willingness on the devs side to "give back" to the linux community. The same question could be asked to gpg4win, but I don't think it would be fair nor useful to be asked in that way. The reasons are the same.

    We are really thankful to DDG for this surprise and it allows us to continue our work, which we will.


  4. Steve closed this discussion on 03 Jun, 2015 01:11 PM.

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