Re: [Evolution] Fetch PGP Public keys from LDAP?

On Thu, 2017-12-07 at 09:08 -0500, Adam Tauno Williams wrote:
On Wed, 2017-12-06 at 18:32 -0500, David Burleigh wrote:
What I'm really after is away to simplify and nearly automate the use of pgp encryption for emails within our organization. Already we have the robust mail clients like Evolution, Thunderbird, and Outlook (for Windows users) access our common LDAP service for our organizational contacts, so it would be convenient to have everyone's public key hosted there also, and automatically used to encrypt mail to them.
[again: ~26+ years experience] We used to do the same - use LDAP as a contacts backend between diverse clients.  The problem is that such a solution is a potent example of LDC (least common denominator) behavior.  Beyond very basic functionality like name-and-email you can't get much; you certainly will not be able to get all the clients to inter-operate getting encryption keys from the addressbook - it just isn't going to happen.  I know, when you set it up it seems like you are 99.44% of the way there to a good collaboration solution [essentially what we used to call "groupware"] - but that 0.56% is a big deal - and LDAP cannot deliver it.   See a very old presentation of mine - P105.pdf - concerning how even the basic schema used by Evolution, Thunderbird, and WAB [Outlook] don't match up across clients. :( Any notion that 'the world' would settle on a standard LDAP schema, and any notion that 'the world' had a genuine interest in real inter- operability, is now dusty history.   Hyper-proprietary "cloud" services [called them "SaaS" back when I was wee lad] have crushed any momentum that existed concerning standards; or at least any standards that don't suit their purposes. You get closest to what you want using a WebDAV (CardDAV) server.   Even then advanced features like key sharing are iffy. There are very pragmatic reasons that, eventually, almost all organizations standardize on a specific client. _______________________________________________ evolution-list mailing list evolution-list gnome org To change your list options or unsubscribe, visit ...

Sigh... That is certainly true about trying to find a solution that works for diverse clients. Well, perhaps if we can get everyone to switch to Linux, then we can make Evolution our common email client, but that's a big undertaking in itself...

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